“Everybody who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise builder who built a house on bedrock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It didn’t fall because it was firmly set on bedrock. But everybody who hears these words of mine and doesn’t put them into practice will be like a fool who built a house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It fell and was completely destroyed” (Matthew 7:24-27, Common English Bible).
I live on a street where there is new home construction. Currently, there are three houses under construction on my street. Construction began on the first well before my arrival in Sweeny. I am told the owner is building it as he has available funds and paying cash for the house. The other two are very new construction. They did the underground work and poured the foundations for both at the same time. Since them the house across the street is framed out. They started the framing of the second house, down the street a couple of days ago.
I do have some limited construction experience in my life but I am far from being an expert. I do know this. The foundation of the house is the most important single element of the house or other building. If the foundation becomes bad, the rest of the building can quickly become problematic. Eventually, if left with no attention, the house can become uninhabitable. If left undone, foundation problems can crack walls and destroy roof structures. That can lead to still other problems.
During my career as a pastor I have been involved in two new building projects from the ground up. My knowledge and abilities aren’t much help when it comes to the plumbing, electrical, air conditioning or structural work (I am not a carpenter). But, because I know something about concrete, when construction crews poured the foundations for the buildings, I was there. I was watching for things like proper temperature of the concrete and the correct amount of water in the mix. This was an area where I have some knowledge.
I have also been involved with the remodeling of three parsonages. All three had some needed foundation work. In one parsonage, while I lived there I watched (over time) the foundation destroy ceramic tile on the living room floor. Pieces of tile quite literally popped up from the foundation. In other places tiles broke. The end result was, once the foundation was repaired, the church replaced all the flooring in that room.
Many people don’t worry about the foundation of the house. It is something you can’t see so they think it unimportant. Boy are these folks wrong.
Jesus says as much in our reading for today. Jesus reminds us of the importance to dig down and find the bedrock to serve as the foundation for the home. Today, we might not worry about digging down to bedrock, but a properly engineered foundation is as important now as it was in Jesus’ day.
Jesus reminds us that true wisdom is like the person who builds the house on a good foundation, the house that is built on bedrock. The person who builds on sand, well, wisdom is probably not the correct term for them.
The same is true for our life in the faith. We need a foundation. I believe that foundation is our faith. If our faith is grounded in Scripture, prayer, worship and more, we can weather the times of difficulty. If it is not grounded, if there is no foundation in faith, when difficulty comes our way, everything can crumble around us. There is nothing to hold us up during the storms of life.
In building construction and in spiritual formation, the foundation is everything.
What is the basis of your foundation?
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Joy, Peace and Thanksgiving,
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