Every single thing that happens sends echoes through time. Some bounce back, others are amplified, and some are diffracted. Which kind are the echoes we send?
In John 7:24-27, Jesus tells a story of the wise man who built his house on the rock and the foolish man who built his house upon the sand. Even houses that are built on the sand have foundations. Everyone has a foundation. The only question is what it’s made of. Is it going to stand strong when the storm comes? Or will it crumble?
Building firm foundations of a durable material takes time and lots and lots of effort. This requires investment in what we’re building–a perseverance to see it through to the end, constantly shoring up our weak spots. Here’s a list of four things I believe are critical pillars for strong, Godly foundations.
1. Spend time in the Word
This one’s important–without constantly absorbing the truths that God’s Word has stored away, how will we ever be ready for when a flood comes? Spending quiet time with God and praying is one of those things that always gets shoved to the back burner. It’s so easy to let that happen–but don’t. This is core.
2. Keep your priorities straight
Every once in a while, perform a self check-up to see what you’re spending most of your time on. Is it productive things? Or is it things that aren’t necessarily wrong but may not be proving beneficial? Keep your priorities straight; and make sure to keep God on top. That’s going to go a long ways.
3. Stay true to who you are in Christ
Friends and family change so much of who we are, so it’s super important to surround yourself with people that will build you up, not tear you down or draw you away from God. That doesn’t mean to not be friends with everyone, but take care with who you spend most of your time with: who influences you. A rare find is someone who will confront you when they notice that you’re steering away from the right path. If you have a friend or family member like that, treasure them. If you don’t, pray for God to send a friend like that your way.
4. Use the past and embrace the future
Whatever may have happened in your past, whatever’s going on right now, whatever’s about to happen–God’s in control. He knows that you’re going to go through stuff; maybe you already have. But look back, you see those wins? Those times when God made big things happen? Don’t forget that. And those lows you hit just a while back? Remember how God used those for good to help you become who you are today? Don’t forget that either. God is good, remember that whenever things get bad. And with the foundations you’ve built in Him, you’re going to hold out through the storms that are to come.
Is it the Rock or the Sand? That’s your decision. The sand may come easily, may be quick. But building a foundation on the rock of ages is something that will never ever fall. It was enough for Daniel. It was enough for Paul. It was enough for David. It was enough for Jim Elliot. It was enough for Billy Graham. It is enough for you and me, no matter what else may come, because we’ve buil our foundations on the rock, and that will never fall. We may be shaken. But in Christ? We’ll never crumble. That’s an echo that will never fade out. Ever.
““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.””
Matthew 7:24-27 NIV