Why The Wise Man Built His House On a Rock, And You Should, Too
I have felt the tremors shake the ground beneath my feet. I have heard the rumble of change in the distance. Maybe you have noticed it, too.
With the recent Supreme Court rulings, what once seemed like small shifts, infrequent adjustments, minor accommodations pulling at the fabric of our society, have now become seismic reverberations, undermining the foundation of everything we knew, or thought we knew. Almost with a single motion, the roots that held us together and strengthened us have been extracted, uprooted, undone.
The aftershocks weigh heavily as our souls struggle to digest this new, unfettered, cultural reality and the implications this reality has on the community of faith.
Some questions keep reverberating in my mind. How did we get here? How did things change so quickly? More importantly, how do we move forward?
In a world of ever-increasing change, I am convinced that foundations and anchors are two of the most important keys toward building a life of stability, strength, and peace.
Why We Need Foundations and Anchors
Anyone who has built a home or seen a construction project knows that an enormous amount of time and energy goes into the design and engineering of the foundation. The foundation must be properly poured without defect. The footers must be anchored to a larger bedrock beneath, the anchors providing necessary strength and stability to the structure, protecting it against the elements that might come against it.
Ships use anchors to hook themselves into a seabed or something large in the ocean so they will not drift or be shaken from their moorings. Anchors give purpose, strength, and stability in the midst of an otherwise unpredictable ocean.
Anchors are important. Without foundations and anchors to strengthen us, steady us, support us, we are left vulnerable to the forces of nature that wield their power against us. If a ship loses its anchor, it is left to wander helplessly through the ocean of life. I have wandered at times, horrifically off-course, at the mercy of a chaotic and confusing culture pulling at me. We as a people have wandered.
Perhaps we have become that ship without an anchor. Fifty years ago, we thought we as a country and a people, shared similar beliefs, that our foundation was solid and sure.
The Consequences of Anchoring To Ourselves
Yet over time, we have begun to unhook from those anchors in our lives. Our foundation, our values and beliefs are no longer derived from a solid and trusted source of truth outside of ourselves to which we adjust and adhere. Slowly it seems, we have become anchored to ourselves— anchored to our emotions, anchored to what seems right in our own eyes. We have thrown off any external belief system, any god that would compel us to examine ourselves and adjust our words and actions to align with the truth; we have simply grown accustomed to creating our own truth and molding any external realities to fit our feelings or sophisticated sensibilities.
The problem with this approach is that we are not reliable sources for truth or stability. Could you effectively anchor a ship to itself? What then would steady or stabilize it? For individuals, what was true for us yesterday might not be true for us today. What we feel today we may no longer feel tomorrow. How could we hope to build a solid foundation for our lives that could withstand the forces of nature, if there is nothing solid and unwavering on which we can count that can steady us against the willful and unmerciful torrents that life and nature bring?
Foundations and anchors – the most important elements in your life that you will ever decide. What does your foundation look like? On what is your foundation built? Is it built on your feelings, your own reasoning? Is a built on something larger than yourself, something tested, something strong that will guide you, that will give your life the stability, direction, and purpose for which you long?
1 Corinthians 3:10 (NIV) states that, By the grace that God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.
Jesus, the Cornerstone
Jesus Christ, the unique and perfect Son of God, who came to earth to love us, to redeem us, to offer us a hope, not just for today, but for eternity. He alone is the Truth to which I cling. He is the Cornerstone for the foundation of my life. I made a decision to anchor myself to Him, His truth, His ways.
Isaiah 28:16 (NIV) says, So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.
His truth teaches me, comforts me, challenges me. His truth allows my identity to grow solid and strong. I am not strong. My anchor is strong.
In a recent article, @KellyBalarie said of foundations, The solid rock of Christ doesn’t always remove us from the storm, but it always secures us as we get through it.
Matthew 7:24-27 (NIV) speaks of the importance of foundations:
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 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. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Everything else that you build in your life will be built on your foundation. Do you have it right? Are you sure?
Have you checked your foundation lately to make sure that the substructure of your life is well-built and can withstand the forces that life will bring to bear?
Are you anchored to something larger than yourself to give your life stability and strength or are you anchored only to yourself, left merely to drift and wander through life?
Have you tried to conform the truth to your feelings, your sensibilities? Do you know what you believe and why?
I encourage you to take this moment, this season, to check your foundation. Everything else you build in life will be built upon this one thing. Foundations and anchors can help you build a future with clarity, conviction, with courage, and hope.
The strength you gain will bring you peace.
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