Shaky Ground

Jim Coyle

"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?

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1. Gary wrote:
Tragic life occurrences reveal cracks and decay in our own walk. It is when I carefully examine the devastation in my own life, is when I discover the God is simply attempting to get my attention. I realize that I have lost focus, became caught-up in insignificant situations and neglected my daily focus on His basic purpose for my life. When I discovered that I was off track, I lost my need to complain about life, I actually became embarrassed because I was really complaining about my failures to act appropriately. I was confessing guilt of not bring obedient to God. When I am read up, prayed up, churched up, listened up, and ask for forgiveness, He immediately shows His favor. According to Ezekiel, we deserve a torrent of wrath from a vengeful God, who has the right to scatter our bones like dust. How dare we even think that we are entitled. Blessed to be under His hand and examination. Blessed to be tried and punished. Proverbs reveals that a good father punishes his kids because he loves them. I'm being punished for my disobedience and thankful He loves me enough to show me. Weak foundations may be a problem, but not maintaining what He has given us ( even if its just scraps from the table ) will destroy us. His grace is sufficient to me.

Wed, October 5, 2011 @ 10:37 AM

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