I have never owned a house that had a foundation problem, but I have heard that foundation repair can be complicated and expensive. The foundation of your home supports the entire structure and insures everything is aligned and upheld. Some properties are adversely affected by ice and snow, while warmer regions develop complications due to excessive heat, droughts, rain, and flooding. Before you build a home, you want to determine the foundation is sound. It is the same with our faith.
Jesus teaches us the importance of establishing a strong foundation on which to build our lives. He explains to his followers, “As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed, and its destruction was complete.” Luke 6: 47-49 (NIV)
Covid-19 has shaken our lives to the very foundation. The torrent has struck us like a tidal wave leaving uncertainty, fear, isolation, and economic loss in its wake. Like the wise man in Jesus’ analogy, those who built their lives on a firm foundation will stand strong in adversity. A life of faith established upon the rock which is Jesus Christ and his Church is rock solid. In Luke, Jesus first instructs us to “come to him” (Luke 6:47). Come to him, know him, spend time with him, follow him, give our lives to him, proclaim him as Lord. Secondly, Jesus instructs us to “hear his words”. Read the Bible, listen to the word of God, spend time searching the scriptures, listen to sermons, and pray. Third, Jesus instructs us to “put his words into practice.” Live life in a way that fulfills what Jesus teaches, acts on his words, demonstrates the love and truth of the gospel. According to Jesus, this constitutes a life well-constructed on a rock-solid foundation.
Perhaps the current crisis has caused you to examine your own foundation. Maybe you have noticed some cracks in your structure. Perhaps you are aware of some stress fractures. Maybe your spiritual foundation needs repair. Perhaps you recognize you constructed part of your life on the wrong things. It is never too late for a foundation boost. Now is the time. Return to the Lord. Recommit your life to Him. Put God first again. Desire to build your life and your family on a foundation of faith in God through Jesus Christ. Whatever life brings, you will stand strong. As Jesus says, “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.” (Matthew 7:25 NIV)
Dr. Jan Davis