“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.” Matthew 7:25
A storm is coming. It’s on the horizon. Are you ready?
The most important part of a house is the foundation. It doesn't look pretty, it’s not decorated, and most likely, you can’t even see it. It’s there holding up the entire house. It doesn't matter how strong the walls are, how secure the windows are, how beautiful the curb appeal is, or how expensive the decor is; if your home does not have a foundation, one day, it will fall. One day soon.
Likewise, the foundation of our lives determines our ability to withstand the inevitable storms and tribulations that are certain to come. It is not the external appearance that matters—how well we can talk about things of faith, the illusion of strength we can create, or even the generosity or good works we have. No, it is the unseen, often overlooked foundation that truly matters. The rock upon which we build our lives is none other than Jesus Christ. He is the unshakable foundation that can withstand any storm. When our lives are rooted in Him, firmly anchored in His truth, love, and grace, we can face the fiercest trials with steadfastness.
Psalm 71:3 “Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress”
What is the foundation of your life built on? Is it built on shifting sands, relying on temporary and fragile things? Or have you established your life upon the rock of Jesus Christ, who is steadfast and immovable?
One of my favorite verses was written by Paul in his letter to the church in Corinth, it reads: “If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. (1 Cor. 13:1-2) The foundation of our lives must be the Rock of love. It doesn’t matter how lofty our pursuits, how abundant our good works are, or even how bold our faith is; if our lives are not built on love when our lives are met with trials and suffering, we will be left with nothing. Build your life on the love of Christ, for love is who He is. Then when the rains pour, the floods rise, and the winds rage, we can stand firm, knowing that our house will not fall, for we are anchored to the One who has overcome the world. Jesus’ great love for us was the reason He endured the greatest suffering on the cross and the reason we can endure this life and pick up our own cross, earnestly following after Him.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33 (NLT)