In the swirl of these turbulent times, I’m hearing echoes in my mind of David’s question in Psalm 11: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (verse 3 ESV).
Great question! Webster tells us that a “foundation” is “the basis upon which something stands or is supported.” Every house has a foundation. Every significant structure, every building has a foundation. The taller the building, the deeper and more substantial the foundation. Destroy the building’s foundation, and you’ve toppled the building.
Funny, isn’t it, how words repeat themselves on other lips? I was watching a national prayer service many years ago, in which evangelist Billy Graham referred to the World Trade Center towers the terrorists destroyed on September 11, 2001. He stated that the twin towers may have been destroyed, but their foundations, amazingly, were still in place. He then spoke with great relief for our nation, saying it’s possible to rebuild our foundation. “In that faith, we have the strength to endure something as difficult and as horrendous as what we have experienced this week.”
Our spiritual lives are only as solid and sturdy as the foundation of faith upon which we build them. We can trust ourselves, or lean fully on the faith of our parents or grandparents—we can even attempt to mix our spiritual foundation with some parts faith and other parts common sense and experience. But God assures us that there is only one sure foundation: Jesus Christ.
Now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. (Ephesians 2:19–20)
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Devotional content taken from Good Morning, Lord...Can We Talk? by Charles R. Swindoll. Copyright © 2018. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, a Division of Tyndale House Ministries. All rights reserved.