- Columbia University Bible Fellowship
A True Foundation
On what do you build your life, and on whose words do you most depend? In today's culture, there are lots of voices. We have our parents, the news, social media, our school books, our peers, and then, of course, our own selves. As you might have experienced at one time or another, each one might project or speak something so different. One says, "You're the best!" and inside you say, "I'm not good enough." Or, maybe you don't live by what others think or wha you read. We might build our lives on grades and success. Or, we might feel we don't have anything to build on at all, and just feel empty or lost sometimes.
Over the years, I am continually learning the things in this world are not reliable enough to build my life. People's opinions will not only differ, but also change. So pleasing people or following the crowd is then deemed tiring and not the solution. I might ace that midterm, but then I still find myself anxious deep inside about everything. So then my grades aren't doing the trick either. I may date that amazing person, but still don't feel 100% satisfied in my heart. Life can be FULL of wandering, and feel we often don't have true rest and security.
I believe this is why Jesus said in Matthew 7:24-27, "Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose and the winds below and beat against that house, yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."
God has given us His word to build our lives. Unlike sand, that easily collapses and spills, a rock is strong, secure and unshakable. The "sand" in our lives can be what people think of us, or again, what we just physically see in our lives. But all these things change. Like sand, in a given moment, it might become unreliable. But God give us His word. He tells us His word does not change. All His promises are YES and AMEN. We can be secure not in this world, not in what people think, but on His word.
Take some time to answer that question on top ("On what do you build your life, and on whose words do you most depend?") and think of how perhaps God's words can help guide and be your building blocks for this time.