Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.
- Luke 6:47-48
Reread the Scripture above and apply it to your life in this very moment. What is it that keeps you compassionate in a harsh world? What gives you strength during weak and tragic moments? What is your foundation?
The first thing I thought of was my faith. From an early age, faith has been the only stable, sustainable, dependable rock I lean on. Whether it be the grief of losing a loved one, that tough transition stage between two big phases of life, letting go of a relationship, or even that feeling of wondering what steps to take next that align with God’s plan...I have been there.
On the flip side, I have been blessed with a community of supportive people and have the privilege of having access to far more than basic needs. But the reality is, these things could be taken away at any given point. What remains? My faith. What I love about these two verses in the book of Luke is the description of this foundation of faith.
“Building a house…” meaning it is a work in progress. Perhaps your “foundation” is not completely laid down yet. Maybe the Lord is still working on it, making it even stronger and building that deeper relationship. You know what? That is okay in the eyes of God because that’s the depth of His unconditional, steadfast love for you.
“Dug deep…” God will always go the extra mile. He will leave the 99 for that one. He will dig deeper and deeper to transform your heart to live more fully, with a new hope and confidence found in Him through the deepest valleys and highest mountaintops.
“And when the flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it…” When tragedy strikes and you feel you are left with nothing, God is still there ready to comfort you and build you back up to be even stronger than before. No amount of adversity is heavy enough to break that foundation, as long as you keep your hope in God no matter how hopeless you may feel.
“...it had been well built.” Secure, indestructible, well protected are all synonyms to describe something that is well built. A firm foundation is one built on good character, a strong faith, and a heart willing to surrender to God’s plan.
Can you just imagine these verses played out in real life? There’s the house built on a secure foundation when a strong flood comes bursting through and yet the house is still miraculously standing. You could imagine how the neighbors would look at that one house and stand there in amazement at what they just witnessed. The same goes for the trials you are facing now and will face in the future. You are a visual representation of your relationship with God in how you handle the adversities. Even if you don’t notice, there are people around you observing your actions, especially in stressful situations. Consider what you want to be known for. Not in your greatest moments, but rather how you overcome the hardest ones.
While times may be tough and struggles will arise, God is constant and your faith is firm.
1. What are some ways you are building your foundation of faith? Write them down in your journal so you can refer back to them when you are in a particularly trying time.
2. In verse 48, the words, “dug deep” are used to describe God’s longing to be the center of your heart. How can you dig even deeper in your journey with God?
Heavenly Father, I can confidently say that You are my rock. In all circumstances, good or bad, I seek You. When I find myself worrying about the future or if I am in the midst of a tragic situation, send me a message of hope and point me back to You. I trust in You. I am building my foundation of faith and know that my faith alone is strong enough to endure the storms that come my way. I love You, Lord. In Your name I pray, Amen.
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