My fireplace went missing. You see, when I bought my house less than a year ago, there was an obnoxious, pink chimney on the roof. It was unsightly and pointless. Pointless because the house has no fireplace. Why? The foundation needed repairing. Since the previous owner didn’t address the foundation problems promptly, the fireplace started weighing down one side of the house. Eventually, it had to be removed to keep from completely destroying the home. Now it is completely gone.
Almost any home owner will tell you that one of the most dreaded problems that can arise with a home is a faulty foundation. It is expensive to fix and when there is a problem with the foundation, it will certainly lead to other problems. Left in disrepair, other problems multiply and become more complex. An expensive repair will prevent even more to come!
Every single human being has struggled with his/her own foundation problems. Romans 1:18-32 describes it very well.
The summary wisdom:
5Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
6Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Proverbs was written hundreds of years before Romans, yet the truth of it did not change. Why? Good solid foundations never go out of style. They don’t need to be changed. They don’t need to “evolve.” The point of a foundation is to give an unshifting bedrock that is constant and sure. In fact, if it shifts or changes, the results are catastrophic and ripple out in many directions.
God knows our tendency to believe that He is holding out on us – keeping us from the abundant life. If I was out to wreck a person or a structure, I would try to convince them that the very thing that gives life actually kills it. I would become a master deception artist.
Don’t be deceived.Cling to life.
Maintain your foundation.