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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
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."