July 01, 2017
It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise, and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. Luke 6:48
Have you ever made a promise you didn’t keep? What about trying to start a new spiritual habit (prayer, fasting, reading your Bible) only to end up with little follow-through? It’s easy to make promises, or to start something new, but continuing for a lasting period of time takes something altogether different: a good foundation.
The beach is a fun place to relax, explore and play. A shovel, a bucked and a beach are the perfect equation for the greatest sandcastle ever constructed. Sandcastles are fun to build, and later, to pretend epic battle scenes with. But sandcastles aren’t made to last forever. They are temporary. When we try to build a habit without first building a strong foundation in Jesus, we spend time working on things that turn out to be spiritual sandcastles. They have all the appearance of something great without a lasting quality.
To build something that will last requires that we dedicate time and effort to the foundation. In Luke, Jesus says that folks who listen to his teachings and follow them are like a wise builder who builds on a solid foundation; when the storms come, they will last. The structure, or outward appearance, is not as important as what it is built on. In our spiritual walk with the Lord, when we try to do things in our own strength, our own way and in our own timing, we are often times guilty of building spiritual sandcastles. When we trust God, and do what he says, we can have something spiritual that is built to last.