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Matt 7:24 (MSG)

24 "These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock.

A TV camera crew was on assignment in Southern Florida filming the widespread destruction of Hurricane Andrew. In one scene, amid the devastation and debris stood one house on its foundation. The owner was cleaning up the yard when the reporter approached. “Sir, why is your house the only one standing?” asked the reporter. “How did you manage to escape the severe damage of the hurricane?” “I built the house myself,” the man replied. “I also built it according to Florida State building code. When the code called for 2x6 trusses, I used 2x6 trusses. I was told that a house built according to code could withstand a hurricane. I did, and it did.”

What truths have you built your life on? If you build your life according to the word of God, then you will build your life to last. You will build your life to withstand the storms. You will build your life to leave a legacy and a heritage for the generations to come. These words are not incidental additions to your life, they are foundational words, words to build a life on.

When we think of something that is built to last, we might think of historical landmarks that are still standing today.

The Great Wall of China

Although it is claimed that construction first began 4000 years BC, the most famous part of the wall was built between 220 BC and 200 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang; little of it remains; it was much farther north than the current wall, which was built during the Ming Dynasty.

The Great Wall concept was revived during the Ming Dynasty following the Ming army’s defeat by the Oirats in the Battle of Tumu in 1449. The Ming had failed to gain a clear upper-hand over the Manchurian and Mongolian tribes after successive battles, and the long-drawn conflict was taking a toll on the empire. The Ming adopted a new strategy to keep the nomadic tribes out by constructing walls along the northern border of China.

The Great Wall of China is 4000 miles or 6400 kilometers long and was built over the generations by 2-3 million Chinese. There are some sections of the wall that have been preserved for tourists, but today many sections of the wall are in disrepair. Some sections were taken apart as different villages used the stones for roads or buildings. Other sections have been prone to graffiti and vandalism. Wikipedia reports that over the next 20 years more than 60 kilometers of the wall will erode in the Ghani province because of sandstorms.

As impressive as the Great Wall China is, it will not stand up to the test of time. The Word of God though has already stood up to the test of time of the last 4000 years, and I believe that it will remain strong because it is truth and it comes from the one who claims to be the Way, the Truth and the Life, God is the author of the Bible.


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