Imagine that you wake up tomorrow to find cracks all throughout the walls in your home. You call a painter to come and make some minor repairs. The painter patches the cracks then repaints over them. You are satisfied with the work and you pay the painter. A few weeks later, much to your dismay, you once again see cracks in your walls. This time you call a home handyman. This handyman comes to your house and after a lengthy inspection tells you that your problem is not cracks in your walls, but rather it is a shifting foundation. Your house’s foundation is cracked, thus causing it to shift, which in turn causes the walls to crack. You need to stabilize your foundation first and then fix the cracks in the walls. If you do not first fix your foundation you will forever be repairing the cracks in your walls.
Just as an unstable foundation in your house can cause all kinds of structural and interior problems, if you build your life upon the wrong foundation, you too will experience all kinds of “cracks” in your walls. So often we rely on man and manmade things – job, financial security, 401(k), good health, good looks, family, reputation, government, etc. – only to have them fail and then we find ourselves sitting amongst a pile of bricks that has just crumbled all around us.
The Bible tells us that a wise person builds his or her life upon Jesus. Let’s turn to the Word of God and see what it says. We read these words found in Matthew 7:24-27 – “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
This idea of building our lives on Jesus’ foundation is about our attitude and our willingness to be obedient to God and God’s Word. It is the answer to this question, “Do you trust more in God and His promises or man and manmade things? Are you following God or are you following the yellow brick road?
Later on in the Bible we read a similar warning. In 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 we see this – “By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.”
Today we encourage you to look at your own life and before you look at the cracked walls you should check to see that your foundation is on solid ground. Make sure your foundation is built using gold, silver and costly stones and not wood, hay or straw. We will end with these lyrics, “On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand,” from the hymn “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” written by Edward Mote.
Is your foundation built upon solid rock or shifting sand? Ask God today to give you a faith that helps you anchor yourself to His firm foundation. Then you can begin to repair the cracks in your walls.