I remember having a conversation with my oldest granddaughter one afternoon. I'm not sure how we got on this subject but we began to talk about suffering and hardship. I remember telling her that God will allow hardship and suffering in our lives because it builds character and grows us. If our lives are always filled with abundance and are perfect all the time we will grow up to be spoiled spiritual brats. Little did I know how prophetic that conversation would be because the next day we would begin a journey that would test our faith and rock our world.
Through this trial the Lord revealed things to me about myself that I didn’t know were there. I was so broken by this situation that I got to a point where I wanted to give up, especially when the outcome was not what I expected. The one thing that I did learn is to trust God no matter what. I had to decide that my trust in Him is unconditional and not contingent upon an outcome. There were many days that I told the Lord that it’s so dark that I cannot see and that I will just have to follow along blindly. I had to meditate on Psalms 119:105 which says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path,” (KJV). As horrible as this situation was, I know that this is preparation for greater battles to come.
I'm writing about this because at some point in our lives we will all face circumstances that will throw us off kilter. We are living in unprecedented times and there are things coming that will test even the most seasoned among us. The lesson in this this is that we need to be so securely rooted and grounded in Him, that no matter how severe the storm we are still able to stand. We often quote II Corinthians 5:7 which says “For we walk by faith, not by sight, “(KJV), but are we really walking in this truth? Many times, it takes a devastating blow in our lives to really begin to understand what this means. At the end of the day, we have to choose to believe God no matter the outcome of the situation. A severe storm is about to be unleashed, so how firm is your foundation?
We often read about tragedies in which a building suddenly collapses. When all of the dust has settled and the investigation complete, many times the cause (or a contributing factor) of the collapse is a faulty or weak foundation. So what are the signs of a faulty foundation?
A weakened foundation doesn’t just happen overnight. It usually takes some time to fully realize what is happening and by the time it’s discovered, a lot of damage may have already been done. Most foundations are built to only withstand minimal amount of movement (shifting). Some signs to look for in a faulty foundation are:
Cracks in interior walls
Doors and windows that jam or are hard to open/close
Now let’s look at this in a spiritual sense. We may go about our spiritual lives thinking that we are planted on a firm foundation, when in fact it has been shifting (weakening) over a period of time. Things that could be responsible for this weakening include, compromise, forgiveness, unrepentant sin, not actively pursuing our relationship with God (prayer, worship and reading the word). Severe drought can adversely affect a foundation. Is your spiritual life in a drought condition? We may not realize how weakened it is until a storm comes along and causes us to fall. We must be diligent in examining ourselves as well as asking the Lord to show us the secrets (cracks) of our hearts. “Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression,” Psalms 19:12-13 (KJV).
I was in a house not too long ago that had some foundational issues. I was able to tell because the floors were slanted. It was weird walking in there because I felt like I was in one of those carnival fun houses and I was losing my balance as I walked across the room. When you lose your balance you may end up somewhere other than you intended to be. In our walk with Jesus, if we begin to veer off of the straight and narrow path, we will find ourselves off balance and easy targets of the enemy. When the storms or temptations of life blow through it will be easy to fall because you were off balance in the first place. Making what we make see as just a small concession to sin over time will throw us off balance. I see this with Christians who many times will evolve in their thinking on an issue or soften their stance on sin to win the approval of man.
Jesus tells us about the type of person who has a solid foundation in Luke 6:47-48, “ Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock,” (KJV).
The time to inspect is now before the storms come crashing in. You may look okay from the outside perspective but are there things in your heart that you need to deal with (cracks in interior walls)? Are you firm in your convictions and have faith in God’s word not matter what or do you sway back and forth in your beliefs (uneven floors)? Are you fully open to what God wants to do in your life or do you hold back in certain areas to maintain control (Doors and windows that jam or are hard to open/close)? So just how firm is your foundation?
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