Week before last, I had the great pleasure of having my three year old granddaughter Braylee for a week. She loves water. She loved playing in the pool and she loved taking a bath each day.
One night, Braylee was playing in the bath tub with all the foam letters that I had given her. They are colorful and when wet, they can stick to the side of the tub. Braylee "spelled" many words for her own and for my pleasure.
Near the end of her bath, Braylee wanted to build a tower. She would stack the foam letters one by one on top of each other and they would always fall. She was persistent, though, so she would start over... only to see them fall again. I told Braylee that in order for her tower to stand, she needed a FIRM FOUNDATION. I reached over and showed her how to strengthen the base by building WIDER before she try to build HIGHER. She loved it. Soon, because she had a FIRM FOUNDATION, she had a STRONG TOWER!
Braylee's victory brought to my mind the various scripture the Lord has given us about building a firm foundation. We learn in 2 Chronicles 3:3 that "the foundation Solomon laid for building the temple of God was sixty cubits long and twenty cubits wide". The temple had to have a firm foundation in order to be strong.
The Lord tells us in Luke 6:47-49: "As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” (NIV)
Does your life have a firm foundation? When heartache, disaster, misery, or misfortune come your way, are you able to stand firm, endure the hardship, and get through it? All of us, including me, need to be sure at all times and in all circumstances that our foundation is laid upon the Solid Rock of Jesus Christ so that when bad things happen, we will not lose our way. If our foundation is laid upon the Rock of Christ, we can trust that we do have the firm foundation we need in life.
~Written by Pastor Kay Dillard