By Wayne S. Walker
"If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" (Psalm 11:3). A building might have a lot of problems, but if it the foundation is good it may be worth trying to save. However, no matter how good the building might be, if the foundation is destroyed, the whole structure is usually not worth anything. Metaphorically speaking, everything in life is built on some kind of foundation. The Lord intended the church to be built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11). Unfortunately, many religious organizations today no longer truly acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord. These are the churches which compromise with atheistic evolution, teach that much of the Bible is a bunch of myths, and accept homosexuality as an alternate lifestyle. The foundations have been destroyed.
The same thing can be true of a home. It was God Himself who said, "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh" (Genesis 2:24). And, "These words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children…" (Deuteronomy 6:6-7). A man and a woman may get married. They may have children. And the family may be relatively happy. However, unless it is firmly built upon a strong love for God and a respect for His authority, it may not have the strength to weather the various trials and tribulations that Satan can throw against it. We must be careful not to let the foundation of our homes be destroyed. "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it…" (Psalm 127:1).
This principle applies to our individual lives as well. "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house upon the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock" (Matthew 7:24-25). We can build our lives upon either the rock of hearing and obeying the word of Christ, or upon the shifting sands of our own way. The rains and wind will not destroy the house built on the rock. Of course, one having built upon the sand might make it through this life without any major problems. Yet, that house will crumble and fall in the day of judgment because it was not built on the rock. Do not let the only firm foundation upon which a good life can be built be destroyed.