Summary: Jesus is our sure foundation. There is no other that will stand the storms of life and last for eternity.
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Pastor James May
OUR SURE FOUNDATION
Everywhere you look today, whether, in your own life, on the TV, or in the news, there are people whose lives are falling into ruin. Thousands of families are headed for destruction, as the love of many grows cold. Relationships among people are crumbling. Even churches are falling apart, and businesses are falling into disarray. The whole world seems to be heading for self-destruction.
Why are so many lives being ruined? Why is every nation on earth facing such tragic and dire circumstances? Why does it seem that the world is coming apart at the seams?
The answer lies in the Word of God and can easily be found by anyone who is willing to search for the truth with an open mind. That’s the trouble with the world though; they refuse to hear the truth and would rather believe the deception and lies of the devil.
Isaiah 28:16, "Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste."
The reason that so much needless tragedy is prevalent in our world is that most of us don’t build our lives, our nations, or our world upon a sure foundation.
The Lord God of Heaven has determined what will constitute a sure foundation. That foundation must be solid, unshakeable, perfect and without flaw. That foundation must be tried, tested and proven sure. That foundation is the Lord Jesus Christ and His death on the cross, burial in a borrowed tomb, His resurrection from the dead by His own power; and His subsequent rise to the eternal Heavens where He has sat down at the Father’s right hand to signify that He has completed His work in becoming that sure foundation.
Matthew 16:16-18, "And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
There can be no other foundation upon which to build our lives than belief and trust in the unshakeable foundation of the Jesus Christ. When man is confronted with the question of where he will place his confidence, man will trust anything but Jesus because to trust in Jesus means that we must submit to His authority and live according to His law. Man refuses to bend his knee or bow to the Lord and, therefore, continues to build upon foundations that will surely fall.
Just as Peter confessed in these verses, we must all reach the point in our lives where we, too, will confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. That confession can only come as we are inspired by the Holy Spirit to understand, receive and believe in Jesus as our Lord and Master. That is where wisdom begins. When we finally come to the realization that Jesus is our only answer, that’s when we can begin to build upon our sure foundation of belief in Him.
Jesus told Peter that the realization of who Jesus really is could only come from the revelation to our heart that comes from the Father in Heaven through the Holy Spirit.
That’s why we read these words in John 6:44, "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day."
Jesus’ own words tell us that the only sure foundation is found in the belief that Jesus is the Son of God and accepting Him as the Lord of our life. Jesus is the only foundation that will stand against every test, every storm and every trial.