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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"A Sure Foundation"

"Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste." Isaiah 28:16

Reason for the Season



The Leaning Tower of Pisa reaches 179 feet into the air, and is at least 17 feet out of plumb.  Without engineering, the tower, over 800 years old, will fall.  Interestingly, the word Pisa means marshland, and the foundation of this tower is only 10 feet deep.  A high tower with a shallow foundation on marshy ground is a recipe for an architectural spectacle.  The lesson is clear--if you want a strong, straight life, you must take great care to build a strong, sure foundation.

God made a plan for redemption, and it is a masterpiece.  We see a new heaven and a new earth where redeemed saints dwell in peace forever!  God makes His tabernacle with men, and He dwells with them.  There is no sin, no sickness, no pain, and no death!  What a redemption!  And to think that God's redemption plan, so magnificent, has a simple and sure foundation in Jesus Christ.  God built a marvelous salvation on such a sure foundation that anyone who believes on Jesus will not be confounded (I Peter 2:6) or make haste (Isaiah 28:16).  Our salvation is sure because our Foundation is sure.

This year’s theme “Back to the Basics” is a call to shore up the things that are foundational in our lives.  We need to look seriously at what we are building our lives on.  If we build on selfish desires, we can be sure our lives will lean and soon fall.  We can mark it down that in this world storms are going to come, and floods will rage.  Only those with a sure foundation will stand the tests.

Thinking about “Back to the Basics,” I was reminded of a story of the great architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  He was given the challenge of building the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, one of the most earthquake-prone cities in the world.  Wright's investigation showed that a solid foundation could be "floated" on a sixty-foot layer of soft mud underlying the hotel, which would provide a shock-absorbing but solid support for the immense building.  Shortly after the hotel was completed, it withstood the worst earthquake in fifty-two years, while lesser buildings fell in ruins around it.

Those of us who know Jesus Christ have a great opportunity to build strong, enduring lives.  Our lives can stand as testimonies of the strength and surety of Jesus Christ.  As the hymn writer best said it, "On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand."

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Previous devotions

"Renewing the Inner Man" - January 1, 2014
"The Reason for the Season" - December 11, 2013
"The Merry Side of Christmas" - December 4, 2013
"Thanks for Everything" - November 13, 2013
"Days of Thanks" - November 6, 2013
"Burden Blessings - Part 2" - October 30, 2013
"Burden Blessings - Part 1" - October 23, 2013
"A Winning Team" - October 16, 2013
"The Yoke of Responsibility" - October 9, 2013
"Blamestorming" - October 2, 2013
"Hope Bearers" - September 18, 2013
"A Vessel of Rescue" - September 11, 2013
"Now I See" - September 4, 2013
"Wrestling for Thee" - August 21, 2013

"Speaking with Grace" - August 14, 2013
"Here Is God" - August 7, 2013
"Great Value In Disaster" - July 31, 2013
"Are You Happy?" - July 17, 2013
"Is There Not a Cause?" - July 10, 2013
"Rest a While" - June 26, 2013
"Keeping the Torch Lit" - June 19, 2013
"Give Attendance to Reading" - June 5, 2013
"The Christian Poser" - May 22, 2013

"The Christian and His Music" - May 15, 2013
"The Value of a Mother" - May 8, 2013
"Treating the Symptoms of Sin" - May 1, 2013

"Surviving the Days of Noah" - April 24, 2013
"Fully Available" - April 17, 2013
"Church Training Kids" - April 10, 2013

"Alive unto God" - April 3, 2013
"Anticipating Easter" - March 27, 2013
"Saved to Obey" - March 20, 2013
"Sowing the Gospel" - March 13, 2013
"I Surrender All" - March 6, 2013
"Teach Us To Pray" - February 27, 2013
"A Bright Hope in Dead Darkness" - February 20, 2013
"Truths from a Tornado" - February 13, 2013
"Hopeful" - February 6, 2013

"If We Faint Not" - January 23, 2013

"Seventeen Years of Marriage and a Football Game" - January 16, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 2" - January 9, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 1" - January 2, 2013

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Words of Truth - January 15, 2014