October 16, 2012

Stand // Day 2

What Are You Standing On?

“Remember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 3:11 (MSG)

Contractors tell us that the most important part of any building is its foundation.  No matter how beautiful or large a building is, without a strong foundation the building is destined to collapse.  If the foundation is weak or made of inferior materials, it will not be able to bear the weight of the load put upon it.  Soon cracks will appear in the walls, and the doors won’t open or close; and before long, the entire building will need costly repairs.  That’s equally true of our lives.  Before we take a stand, we need to be sure of our footing.  Are we standing on a firm foundation that is unshakable, solid and secure?

The Psalmist said, When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Psalm 11:3 (NIV).  This Psalm was penned by King David when he was forced to flee for safety on more than one occasion.  Being God’s king didn’t make him immune to injustice and trouble.  He was hunted by Saul as well as his own son, Absalom.  Yet, even when he was forced to flee, he took confidence that God was in control.  The point is that while David wisely avoided trouble, he did not fearfully run away from his troubles.  Having a firm foundation upon which to stand enables us to stand even when those foundations are shaken.  Faith in God keeps us from losing hope and helps us resist fear.  In verse one David declared, “I trust in the Lord, for protection.  So why do you say to me, ‘Fly like a bird to the mountains for safety!’” 

Even when his advisors could only see crumbling foundations and frightening circumstances, David knew where his faith stood.  In verse 4 he said, “But the Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord still rules from heaven.  He watches everyone closely, examining both the righteous and the wicked.”  Clearly, David stood on a firm foundation of who God is.  When you have the right perception of God and the right position before God, you can stand under any circumstances!

So what kind of foundation are you standing on in your life?  The New Testament tells us in 1 Corinthians 3:11 (MSG) “Remember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ.”  Like David, there will be times of trouble in all of our lives, times that will test our resolve to stand; but when we stand on the foundation that Jesus laid, we will gain the right perception of who God is and a right position before God that will enable us to withstand the troubles that would otherwise cause us to collapse.