What’s Your Foundation?

I was asked last night what I think people should hold onto while going through “… the sufferings of this present time …” (Romans 8:18).

 

My answer was immediate.  Everyone has a foundation of their lives.  Everyone has core things they think and believe, no matter what is happening in their lives.  When things are good, they believe these things.  When things are difficult, they believe these things.

 

It could be God.  It could be that there is no God.

It could be love.  It could be that they are unlovable.

It could be believing in blessings.  It could be that they are unworthy of good things.

 

And you put all the pieces together, and you have the foundation of your life.  You have what you really believe and what you really think is true.

 

And Jesus talked about this, calling your foundation one of two things:

Matthew 7:24-27 – “24 ‘Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.  26 But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.’”

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He said it is either going to be eternal (on the rock) or not (on the sand).

He said it is either going to be by wisdom (on the rock) or by foolishness (on the sand).

He said it is either going to be strong (on the rock) or crumbling (on the sand).

 

But it will always be determined by what you believe.

 

If you believe good works will “earn” heaven or His love, you have a foundation on sand.

If you believe the Cross made you acceptable to Him, you have a foundation on rock.

If you believe that His love is conditional on your behavior, you have a foundation on sand.

If you believe that His love is unconditional no matter what, you have a foundation on rock.

If you believe grace is a liberty to sin, you have a foundation on sand.

If you believe grace is the power to live above the temptations of sin, you have a foundation on rock.

If you believe prayer is a last resort of a desperate heart, you have a foundation on sand.

If you believe prayer is the first and best resource of a child of God, you have a foundation on rock.

If you live in the waves of your emotions, you have a foundation on sand.

If you live beyond the moment to consider the consequences, you have a foundation on rock.

If you live by rule after rule and a “have to” mentality, you have a foundation on sand.

If you live by a desire for relationship with Him, you have a foundation on rock.

If you base your life and faith on what others say is right and wrong, you have a foundation on sand.

If you base your life and faith on personal time with God and the wisdom of His Spirit within you, you have a foundation on rock.

 

So what is your foundation?

 

I have 3 simple truths that, no matter what happens, I cling to: My precious Jesus lived life fully man and fully God, chose to die a brutal death for me, and then proved His sovereignty as Savior by rising from the dead to full life and full divinity again.  And why?  Because He loves me – and you! – that much.  Because He believes we matter.  Because He believes we are worth all that.

 

And I sit here and run scenarios through my head, wondering if there is anything to persuade me to change any of these “rocks”.  The ultimate test?  Imagine there is a gun to your head, and if you choose to stand on your “rocks”, the gunman will most likely pull the trigger.  Would your “rocks” stay solid?  Or would you discover your feet were on sinking sand?

 

We have to know what is true.  Absolutely true.  Unshakably true.

 

Because when we don’t, we will always be persuaded, distracted, and discouraged by all “the sufferings of this present time” that come at us.  We’ll be easily convinced that God isn’t who He says He is and that He can’t be trusted and He won’t come through.  We’ll be easily convinced to forget every good thing He has done for us.  We’ll be easily convinced that God doesn’t really love us.  When we know how completely untrue all this is.

 

So I ask again.  What’s your foundation?  What is definitely, definitively, defiantly true for you?

 

Marie Fremin, 1/24/17

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