Several years ago, a flash flood lifted a huge building in our neighborhood off its foundations so that it would never be usable again. It had to be dismantled. At that time, it was discovered that the building had never actually been secured to the foundation. The builders must have assumed that its weight would keep it there. (In the photo, you can see the pieces of metal sticking up from the square foundations where the building had originally rested.)
It reminds me of the children’s song based on Jesus’ parable in Luke 6:46-49: “The wise man built his house upon a rock…and the foolish man built his house upon the sand,” Whether there is a foundation or not, the building is not secure unless it’s fastened to it.
Jesus’ concern wasn’t architecture but the stability of a life. If our security is in our youth, beauty, health, wealth, talent, intellect, or popularity—those things don’t last. Our health fails, the economy flounders, crowds are fickle, and our world fizzles. If our security is in our friends and family, their loyalty may fail and sooner or later they will die.
Only one thing will serve as a strong, certain, secure foundation for our lives: Jesus Christ. Are you fastened to Him, trusting in His death for your sins? This is our only hope, and what a glorious hope it is!
Here’s Fernando Ortega singing “How Firm a Foundation.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvM1Cl4t1ZE