So, I think (and hope) I have done a pretty good job at hiding my ADD tendencies and my mind which is prone to rabbit trails and randomness. Although this thought came to me out of the blue, I believe there is a message that can be found in it that focuses our minds back towards the Lord, which is the main focus of my posts.
I’m not sure why or how, but the story of the three little pigs popped into my head and how each pig built the foundation of their home using different materials, but when the time came and the foundation of the home was tested only one remained and stood firm. I was reminded of the foundation of our hearts and faith and how only one foundation will stand the test of time and weather any and every storm, and that foundation is the Lord.The big bad wolf in the story is equivalent to the devil who comes into our lives and is always there, ready to test us and push us. When you really think about it, there are only 2 types of foundation to build upon: steady and strong, or unsteady and weak
Foundation Of Straw and Wood / Unsteady and weak
The foundations of straw and wood, which are unsteady and weak, is any foundation we try to build that is apart from the Lord. Whether we are trying to build up our foundation with other religions or ourselves, which will not hold us up the way the Lord will. That big bad wolf (Satan) is sneaking around waiting to figure out where he can get into your life and take hold–like dry rot,water damage, termites–damaging everything that comes into it’s path. This isn’t all just my thought and personal opinion, there is biblical truth to it. Matthew 7:24-26 Jesus says,
“‘Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 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. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.‘”
Jesus himself says anyone who hears The Word and does not do them, is like the fool who builds his house on the sand (much like straw and wood), “and great was the fall of it.”
Foundation of Brick/ Steady and Strong
The foundation of the Lord is one that is made of brick, I would argue even stronger, the strongest material known to man, indestructible. When we build our foundation upon Him we are protected and ready to take on anything that Satan throws our way. Ready and able to weather any storm, and so impenetrable that there is no foothold for Satan to grasp at, no small tiny crack or hole for him to latch onto. As I am writing this post the song, “How Firm A Foundation” began to play in my head and I thought I would share it with you. Consider what is said in 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 which says,
“ According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.”
“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
For I will be with thee thy trouble to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress
‘When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not harm thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.
‘The soul that on Jesus doth lean for repose,
I will not, I will not, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”
So, what foundation will you build you hope and life upon, the strong and steady foundation or the weak and unsteady foundation?