"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 6:49
In 1987, the magnitude 5.9 Whittier Narrows earthquake struck the Southern San Gabriel Valley and surrounding communities of Southern California. As a police officer for Whittier, I spent the next several days on shaky ground as aftershocks rolled through the area. While the damage at this earthquake was minimal compared to many recent ones, there was damage. I noticed two interesting things regarding the buildings and homes that were damaged.
The most severely damaged buildings were old brick buildings which had been plastered on the outside to look more modern. The buildings that were not brick, and were damaged, were built on old brick foundations. A member of the building department told me that the only reason these buildings were damaged was that over the years, the mortar that was used to hold the bricks into place had lost its adhesiveness and turned into sand. He told me if the buildings had been properly maintained they would not have suffered major damage.
How these buildings withstood the earthquake depended on their foundation, how we survive the problems of life depends on our foundation. The foundation we must use is found in Luke 6:47-48, "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, which 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."
Take some time today and think about these questions. How are you surviving the storms of life? Does it seem like things are collapsing around you? Is your foundation Jesus and are you putting His words into practice? Do you need to do something to maintain the adhesiveness of your foundation, such as daily Bible reading, regular church attendance, and regular fellowship with other Christians?
Posted on Wed, October 5, 2011
by Jim Coyle