Devotional

A Sure Foundation

Has anyone ever told you that you are strong? Did you believe them? How can you be strong when you feel like your world is falling apart? How can you be strong when you are sad, angry, hurt, in pain? You are depressed, you can’t sleep or you want to sleep all the time. You don’t want to eat, or you want to eat everything! You show all the signs of grieving, mourning, struggling. You aren’t strong; you are weak, right?

Let me take you inside my farmhouse. It’s quiet, comfy, peaceful. The wind is blowing outside, I know it’s blowing, because I was just out there observing the swaying tree branches and swirling leaves. I struggled to walk, my hair and clothes flying in all directions as I made my way inside. Yet now that I’m inside, I can barely even hear the wind, nor can I feel it even rocking the house. Why? Because the wood and nails and windows and siding are so solid? Well, they do seem to be of good quality, but the main reason the house is holding firm in the strong midwestern prairie wind, is that it sits on a solid foundation. Underneath all the boards and beams and vinyl and shingles is cement and brick set deep into the earth, anchoring and stabilizing the house so that when the wind blows and the rain and hail and snow beat against it, it will stand firm. It might get a little beat up on the outside, but it won’t get washed away in the deluge of rain and it won’t blow away when the strong winds push against it. As a matter of fact, in case of severe storms (tornadoes to be specific), I would gather my family and head for the basement – that damp, dark, spooky space under the house that is the foundation! It is the safest place to be when the storm is raging outside.

So back to being strong. How can I appear to be so strong when the winds and storms of life are raging around me? Why can I seem so calm when circumstances are so turbulent? It’s the firm foundation, buried deep below the surface. While my house is built upon brick and cement, my life is built upon the rock of Jesus Christ. I can stand firm, because I know that underneath it all, Jesus is holding me fast, keeping me standing, just like that big old farmhouse on its rock foundation. Oh, I might get beat up on the outside, I might end up with some broken parts and need some repairs, but I will still be standing strong and solid, ready to go on.

I am reminded of the parable Jesus told of the house built on the rock in Matthew 7:24-27.

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.” (KJV)

So let me ask you, is your life built upon the rock? Have you accepted Christ as your savior? Is the Holy Spirit living in you? Are you grounded in the truth of God’s word? All of these things are your foundation in life. These will keep you standing during the storms of life. These will allow you, with a few repairs, to keep going when you have been through a storm. So, let me pose the question again, “am I strong? Are you strong?” I might not be so much, but my God is and he is my true foundation!

Psalm 61:1-3 Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. (ESV)

Wife, mom, grandma, and country girl. I am living by faith and encouraging others to do the same. I integrate faith, family and country living.

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