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Firm Foundation

Ephesians 2:20-22 “You are like a building that was built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. Christ Jesus himself is the most important stone in that building, and that whole building is joined together in Christ. He makes it grow and become a holy temple in the Lord. And in Christ you, too, are being built together with the Jews into a place where God lives through the Spirit.”

Have you ever built a house, maybe watched one being built? I know enough about building a house that you can't start with the roof and work your way down. There is no way you can put windows in first or the doorway. We all know enough about building a house that you need to have a foundation to do the rest.

Although we never built a house, when we were looking to buy a house my hubby always headed to the basement almost first thing. Why, because he wanted to see the foundation and the condition it was in. We saw many houses that showed cracks, signs of flooding, even a few stood crooked or uneven. It took a few houses before the right one came along but my hubby wanted to make sure our home would be secure enough to withstand the elements of the earth and keep us all safe.

Having a firm foundation is vital when buying or building a home. It is what holds everything together from walls to windows, to doors to the roof. Without the foundation everything else will simply fall to the ground.

Jesus tells a story of a wise man and a foolish man who built their homes. One on solid rock, a firm foundation and the other on sand. We know the story, the rains and the floods came and the house on the rock stood while the house on the sand fell flat, probably washed away with the tide. The story is simple and to the point. Without a firm, solid foundation in our lives we will be washed away when the storms come.

There is one who gives us that firm foundation, Psalm 127:1 tells us, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city the watchmen stands guard in vain.”

This verse is not talking about physical houses but our lives. We are the temple of God. Like trying to build a house with the roof and windows first, when we don't keep Jesus at the center of our lives, all the work will be done in vain and just fall down. The only way we can stand through the storms is when we make God our foundation. That can only come when we take time with God in prayer, in the Bible and in devotions. Each day we take time for Jesus and add Him to our routines, we are allowing our foundation to grow stronger and firmer.

Notice the second part of the verse too. Not only do we need God as our foundation, when He is there, He has promised to protect us. We can't guard our lives alone, we will fail. But, with God's help we can fend off Satan and the temptations of this world. What a promise to have when we keep God as our foundation.

Who is building your home? Who is protecting your family? As Joshua puts it, “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” Today and every day keep God as your firm foundation; keep Him first in your life. When the storms of life come you can stand firm like the house on the rock.

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