The reading we looked at was the parable of the wise and foolish builders found in Matthew chapter 7:
"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." (24-27).
So many times we want good things in our lives and we expect them to come in certain ways. If we don't take these things to God and lean on our own strength we begin to make foundations on the things we want. It may be money, love, fun, success and so on. But as Jesus said, those that build on the sand are foolish. How many grains of sand are on the beach, God knows.
Building our foundations on things not of God lead to a shifting foundation. Sand does not make a good foundation, it moves around, is unstable and is too numerous to support anything, especially when the storms of life come. If we don't learn of this we will continue to try to build on false and inadequate foundations. Each time a storm comes, not only do the walls and roof go flying away, the foundations that you have built on also crumble away. There is a much better way.
Jesus says that the wise builder builds on the rock. How many rocks make up a foundation....One. When we make our foundation in Christ, all the other things we want to have, can be built on the foundation that never moves. God is the unshakable, immovable, solid foundation that will never leave you without a place to build on.
Just because we build on the one true foundation does not mean storms will not come and when they do will not blow down the walls and roof, we can rest assure that our foundation will always be there to rebuild on no matter how many times our buildings are knocked over. Instead of building on a foundation of money, place a brick on money on the foundation of God you will notice a difference. Instead of building on a foundation of love, place a brick of love on the foundation of God and you will notice changes.
God works differently to us and thinks differently to us. When we trust Him with the things we need and want, God's foundation aids in making those things come to you in a more unexpected way and more blessed way then we thought it would.
God is our rock, and on that rock we can have a mighty foundation. God is truth so we can rest assure in the knowledge that when we build on truth, the blessings of God will come to us in awesome ways.
My wife and I had to shift our thinking and in doing so shifted our place of spiritual residence. We got off the beach and onto the rock that has not been moved since the beginning of time. We have seen our lives blessed in many different and exciting ways and we know that as long as we stay on this foundation, that we will continue to allow God to bless us.
Tim McDonald lives and works in Mackay Queensland with a family of four children and is the drummer in his church's youthful band.