Monday, July 27, 2020

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord..?

Imagine you are planning to build a building. The taller you want the building, the deeper and stronger you want to make the foundation. You want to use the right materials in the right proportions to form the foundation.  Otherwise, you know, whatever you build on it will not be able to sustain it. Lately, California, Japan, and other places where the risk of earthquakes are high, the buildings are designed to move less and withstand in case of an earthquake. The foundation is critical to hold the building in case of an earthquake, hurricane, or other disasters.

Our faith in Jesus Christ is like a foundation. You need your faith to be strong to withstand all that the enemy throws at you in your life. This reminds me of the beautiful hymn, "How firm a foundation..."

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,

Is laid for your faith in His excellent word!

What more can He say than to you He hath said,

To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?


Obedience to the Word of God is like a firm foundation.  Jesus said, "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.  And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it" (Matthew 7:24-27).

If you are a person who hears God's Word and does not act upon it, you are building your house on the sand.  When life's calamities come upon you, is your foundation going to withstand?  I do not know what kind of storms you are facing, financial hardship, loss of a job, sickness, etc. In stressful situations, cling to the cross of Christ where there is hope.

 The apostle Paul reminds us that Jesus Christ is the sure foundation. "For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.  If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward (1 Corinthians 3:11-14).

In summary, the firm foundation, a foundation that can withstand,  is Jesus Christ and obedience to His Word.

 Let me close with another favorite hymn:

My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.       

             On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;

All other ground is sinking sand,

  All other ground is sinking sand.

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1 comment:

  1. Wonderful post! And I enjoyed singing all the hymns as well! 😇