Solid Ground

"Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I tell you? I will show you what someone is like who comes to mem hears my words, and acts on them. That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of that house." Like 6: 46-49 (NRSV)

Robert Cornell is from Indiana. In the process of building their church's new family center, they encountered problems with the foundation for the building. Without a solid foundation, the building would eventually develop weaknesses and the structure would not be supported. But the issue was resolved, and they now have a beautiful building for their church and community programs.

This reminded Robert of the solid foundation we need in our relationship with God. Without this foundation, our faith, trust, and hope would eventually erode - we would become ineffective in our Christian life and in our relationship with God.

We can reinforce our spiritual foundation through daily devotions, reading scripture, worshiping with fellow believers, and building a personal relationship with God. Scripture tells us that those who build their house on sand will not hold up under the floods that are sure to come. However, those who build on solid rock can withstand anything that comes their way. Let us all make God, the Solid Rock, our foundation.

Prayer: Father God, help us to build our foundation on your word and to trust that with you we can withstand all circumstances, in Jesus' name, amen.

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