No one escapes life without difficulties. Some experience bad health even in their youth. Some born into wealth lose everything. Some seek love and find only rejection time and again. Without firm foundation, life’s load is harder to bear. God has a purpose for each of us, and He desires that we build upon Him, the very foundation He has put in place, scripture speaks of craftsmen fastening the work of their hands with pegs “that is might not totter” (Isaiah 41:7) when Christ’s hands were pierced by spikes and fastened to the cross, He became our secure foundation. “Give your life to Christ: He can do more with it than you can”
Why is that money, success, and pleasure bringing no lasting satisfaction? Why don’t they provide us with a solid foundation for successful living, especially as we grow older? Because they ignore one life’s greatest truths: we don’t have just bodies and minds but we also have soul, also called spirits. If we ignore this truth-if we feed our bodies but starve our soul-our lives will be incomplete and unfulfilled, and we will find ourselves weak and unprepared for life’s inevitable challenges. Sooner or later the storms of life will overwhelm us, and we will discover that we have built our lives on foundations of sand.
Still it’s easy to focus only on physical well-being or emotional happiness as we prepare for the future; we are bombarcted with messages about them all time. Financial advisors suggest that all we need to do to prepare for the future is to make the right investments. Health experts urge us to eat the right foods and the vitamins and get the right exercise so we will be healthy and happy and well liked. Publishers and TV infomercials promote a steady stream of products offering the latest advice on gaining success or overcoming life’s problems or keeping old age at bay. Even cosmetics companies get into the act, claiming their product will turn back the clock and make us look younger.
It is not necessarily wrong to be concerned about some of these things, of course. We should save for the future, and we should take care of our physical bodies and emotional health. But it this all it takes to prepare for the future?
The answer is no; even the securest financial plan and finest health care aren’t enough to hold us steady when challenges come. Will a full bank account satisfy you when disability takes away your freedom or death robs you of someone you love? Will robust heath shield you against the storms of loneliness of grief or financial insecurity that often besiege us as the aging process advances? Jesus said, “is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” (Matt. 6:25). We need something more, something deeper and unshakable, something that will see us through life’s, hard times. We need a solid foundation beneath our lives-a foundation that will give us strength and stability no matter what happens. And the time to build it is now!
God does not want us to drift aimlessly through life, desperately seeking happiness and security and peace-but never finding them. Nor does He want us to build our lives on an unstable or impermanent foundation. God has already provided the foundation we need!
We need a foundation that is as solid as that bedrock. Only God can provide it. Jesus Christ is the bedrock on which we need to build our lives. As we commit our lives to Him and grow in our relationship with Him, we discover He truly is the solid foundation we need. Every other foundation proves false. The bible says, “together, we are His house, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus Himself” (Eph.2:20)