“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” Isaiah 55:8
When we hear the word Foundation, our minds may reflect on the substructure that supports a house; however, the word Foundation has two distinct definitions:
1. An underlying basis or principle for something.
2. The lowest load-bearing part of a building.
I can recall watching a video where the owner of a log cabin placed concrete blocks only under the perimeter of his home. Over time the structure began to shift causing the center of the cabin to weaken. He explained that the blueprint that was used to build the cabin guaranteed strength which negated the need for a full foundation. Due to his lack of knowledge that aging wood experiences many changes, he was required to spend additional money on a very labor intensive repair.
Our spiritual lives also require a structurally firm foundation. We experience growth (strength) based on studying God’s Holy Word, Prayer, and Faith. With our carnal minds, we are unable to grasp the meaning of the Word. Prior to studying the Bible, we are to pray for forgiveness and ask for the Holy Spirit to fill us and give us the correct understanding. As we build a foundation from daily study and prayer, our faith increases, and we begin to bear fruit because we are connected to the Vine-Jesus Christ.
“Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while He is near.” Isaiah 55:6-7 NLT
Without the necessary elements to build a strong foundation, over time it becomes weak and cracks. The same principle applies to our spiritual foundation. We cannot rely on the weekly powerful sermon or the quick occasional prayer to sustain the strength that is required to build unwavering faith in God.
Satan uses the distractions of the things that we have grown fond of, to steer us away from God. Once we begin to focus on worldly conquests, we lose sight of our spiritual priorities. Our foundation begins to crack because time with God is replaced with self-seeking pleasures.
God is aware of the many temptations-distractions that we will face in our personal lives. He is aware of the future; therefore He admonishes us to “Seek Him while we can.” When we continue to give wholeheartedly of ourselves, God will reveal Himself to us in a mighty and powerful way. His principles will infiltrate our minds and our spiritual structure-foundation will possess impenetrable strength.
Prayer for today: Dear God, We ask you to give us the desire to build a strong foundation by diligently seeking you through prayer and study of your Word. We need you in our lives to repair the cracks due to self-seeking activities. Please forgive us for not seeking you. We ask you to make us whole. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz