Thursday October 3 2019

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Scripture: Matthew 7:22-29

Key verse: (25) The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.

Reflection: It seems downtown metropolitan areas are constantly under construction; orange cones and concrete blocks line the roads, tall cranes extend shadows against nearby buildings, sidewalks become tunnels under scaffolding as the skyline adopts a new member into the family. What is so fascinating when a new build begins to create a skyscraper is the first step: dig down. When builders begin constructing skyscrapers, they do not start by building up. Instead they start by digging below the ground in order to create a foundation of stability. Builders have to go down deep and excavate soil, sand, clay, and loose rock to reach the bedrock so that they can build something that will reach incredible heights. Constructing a building that touches the sky will only last when built on a firm foundation.

The same can be said in all aspects of life. Our life, careers, teams, and our faith work the same way. If we want to build up, we must first dig deep. We need to dig deep and find our foundation and build upon that foundation. However, it is not always easy to unearth the stuff below — our fears, the wounds we carry, identifying the things that hold us back. But once we uncover them and name them and claim them, we can begin the building process to reach incredible heights. Our Christian foundation is built on the love and joy and grace of God found in Jesus Christ. When our foundation is built on the promises of God, the love of Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, no matter how hard rains fall, how deep flood waters become, or how swift winds blow, Christ is the foundation that will hold our house up. Praise be to God!

Prayer:

Jesus You’re my firm foundation, I know I can stand secure.

Jesus You’re my firm foundation, I put my hope in Your holy word.

I put my hope in Your holy word.

You’re my firm foundation.

You’re the rock of my salvation.

You’re my firm foundation.

Amen.

(John Chisum, Firm Foundation)

Author: Ben Brannan

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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