Solid Foundation

Author: Savannah Coleman — Host: Andrew StevensPosted on: March 9, 2022

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Solid Foundation

The builder surveyed the land eagerly. His arms were strong for the task, his mind sharp. Every builder knew a strong foundation was the most crucial element, and this house was no exception. Jars of cement mixtures labeled in colorful script glinted in the morning sunlight, begging to be chosen. The builder gripped a jar with calloused fingers: “Family,” he read. After a moment’s pause, he opened the jar and lifted his shovel. No one could deny the importance of family. Surely this would be a solid foundation. Months passed and the structure grew, admired by all who passed by. The builder was tempted to hang up his hat in satisfaction, for it seemed his work was complete. But then, the storm came. The rain poured down in torrents and the winds blew relentlessly against the beautiful house—and it fell with a mighty crash. In the years to follow, the builder, never one to give up when things got difficult, resolved to find the one foundation that would survive even the deadliest of storms. He chose an emerald green jar titled: “Wealth.” He tried a glistening gold one with the word “Approval” etched in the glass. In desperation, he seized one that read “Strength,” but this too resulted in catastrophic failure and the collapse of all his hard work. Blinking back tears of defeat, the weary builder rummaged through the remaining jars half-heartedly. In the midst of all the shimmering colors vying for his attention lay a clear, solidly constructed jar. It wasn’t fancy, and its glass didn’t catch the light, but the builder knew it was well-made. The word on it was written in bold scarlet red: “Jesus.” As people meandered by the builder’s finished house, there were few exclamations of beauty. The years passed with several devastating storms ripping through the land. With each tempest, many were drawn to see how the builder’s house fared. Those who regarded the house agreed it was not the most prominent or majestic, yet one thing was indisputable: this house had a solid foundation. • Savannah Coleman • This story is inspired by a parable Jesus told. Family is important, good friends are a blessing, and improving your health and mind are worthy pursuits, but Jesus gives the only foundation that can stand the test of time. He alone can save us. What are you building your life on? “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24 (CSB)


Read Verses:

Matthew 7:24-Matthew 7:27; Luke 6:46-Luke 6:49; 1 Corinthians 3:9-1 Corinthians 3:16