My Sure Foundation
We surely do spend lots of time in preparation for things that we will be using for a long time. For instance, the average age of a life span is about 70 years. Did you ever consider that you spend the first 20 of those in school “preparing?
Nothing of importance is done without great planning and study. One might argue that assembly lines can do things in very brief periods of time and turn out great quantities. That is true, but did you ever stop to think how long men did that procedure by hand? How long it took to design and build that assembly line? And how long before the “kinks” and “log jams” were resolved so that it could work at peak performance?
The tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, rises more than 2,700 feet—over half a mile tall. It has 160 floors and is twice as tall as the Empire State Building in New York City. It is home to the world’s fastest elevator that travels at 40 miles per hour. The Burj Khalifa also hosts the world’s highest outdoor observation deck (on the 124th floor) and the world’s highest swimming pool (on the 76th floor).
But the secret to the stability of this massive building is found underground. Before construction began to rise up, workers spent a year digging and pouring the massive foundation that supports the building. The foundation contains some 58,900 cubic yards of concrete weighing more than 110,000 tons. The building is safe because the foundation is solid.
Godly and righteous living is important as a matter of obedience, but there are also many wonderful benefits that follow as a result. When we live according to God’s principles of wisdom, we receive His blessing, but we also establish a firm foundation for our lives and our families. (Copied).
In one’s spiritual development, it takes only a moment of earnest repentance and trust to become a Christian. But the process of allowing God’s Holy Spirit to truly work in us to transform us, change our bad habits, build in us Godliness, holiness, and Christ-likeness takes a life time. We are constantly at war with our flesh. Thus, we find ourselves continually seeking the filling of God’s Holy Spirit to strengthen us.
The foundation of God’s truth must be solidified “under us and in us” as our foundation for building a strong life of faith. The Spirit of God builds up our character and gives us gifts that we can use in mighty ways in our journey. He recalls the things that we have studied so that we grow in our strength and confidence as we gain victories over the enemy. Maybe the words of the old hymn come to your mind….
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?
“Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed, For I am
thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand, Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand. (Copied).