Have you ever experienced an earthquake? I have and it only took one time for me to realize that it was not an event I want repeated. I live in Florida – send me a hurricane any day before the earth trembles unexpectedly under my feet.
We were living in Virginia at the time, and I remember the whole house shook, and I couldn’t figure out what was going on. We had workers at our rental house that day replacing some windows but they had left so I knew it wasn’t them. Then the tremors began again and by this time, I knew something wasn’t right.
I called to my children to get downstairs. My oldest son grabbed our youngest who was taking a nap, and we all ran outside. About this time, many perplexed neighbors were standing in their yards as we all wondered what had happened. An earthquake, of all things, had occurred in Northern Virginia.
Thankfully no one was hurt and only a few books and pictures tumbled from the walls/shelves. But it left a strong impression on me that I much prefer to be on firm footing, solid ground, and not on a shaky foundation.
This stands true in many areas of life – spiritually, emotionally, mentally, financially, and physically – I want to be on a firm foundation.
The troubles of this life seem to batter away at us and if we have not built our lives on firm foundations, we will quickly see it crumble.
In Luke 6, Christ is speaking his disciples. He said,
46“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?
47Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like:
48he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.
49But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”
Luke 6:46-49 ESV
So how do we have a firm foundation?
After questioning the disciples, Christ gives three clear instructions on how to have a firm foundation that will not be washed away by the currents of life.
1. Come to Me. As always, our Savior is calling us to come to Him. To still our lives, silence the world and our worries, to sit at His feet. This is so hard when the waves keep coming and you can’t catch your breath. I have to remember that He is not impatient or offended by the struggles. He is simply waiting, full of grace, for us to come to Him with all our worries, all our heartache, all our dreams, all our hopes. Everything. Just come to Him.
2. Hear My Words. God tells us His word is God-breathed and useful for every situation. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) We must hear and know His word. We do that by reading His word, studying it, attending church, completing bible studies. Get in the Word and keep it close. Read it. Memorize it. Meditate on it. Know what it says! We will never even begin to understand it all, but we will come to know our Savior and who we are in Him. As we listen to His words, they will be the stones in our foundation.
3. Do the Words. Then we must actually implement His words into our daily life and how we live. Our foundation will not stand if we only hear the words but don’t follow through with living them. We must become doers of the Word. When we become doers of the Word, those actions will bring life changes that give glory to God and cement our stones together creating a deep foundation, solid rock.
Come. Hear. Do.
Build a strong foundation that never fails and is never shaken.
Now, does that mean we never have rough days or struggle? No, that would be unrealistic. But when we build our life on the solid rock of Jesus Christ, we know that regardless of what storm comes raging into our life, He will be our fortress.
Psalm 62:6 (ESV) says it this way: “He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.”
I love that verse. Rock. Salvation. Fortress. That’s where I want to live my life – on the solid rock foundation of Christ. No shaking. No trembling. Firmly planted.
How about you? Do you struggle to keep firm footing like I do sometimes? Maybe you do, but you can create a firm foundation by coming to Christ, grounding yourself in His word, and cementing it with your actions. This assures you and me that the storms of life can never sweep us away because He is our fortress.
Today I am linking up Suzie Eller for #livefreeThursday: Shaken