Bring awareness to what is holding you up—now, in this moment. Feel the chilled tile underneath your toes, the table pressed against your elbows, the cushion of the chair absorbing your weight, or the pillow holding your head straight. Notice the support—the firm foundation.
Can you imagine attempting stability through everyday life on a slippery infrastructure?
Laying a firm foundation is essential. Not only does it determine the size and shape of a structure, but it also determines how sturdy it will be. It determines how it will hold up under pressure.
Jesus talks about having a firm foundation at the end of the Sermon on the Mount:
“Everyone then who hears these words of mind and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it” (Matthew 7:24-27, ESV).
What does it look like to build a firm foundation?
Strong structures need a flat piece of land. The roots and rocks and trees have to be removed, and some deep digging has to occur. Sometimes the beginning of building a strong foundation means the beginning of uprooting those things that God doesn’t intend for us. Maybe it’s asking ourselves the question, “What is getting in the way of having a more intimate relationship with Him?” and then allowing Him to dig deep and uproot those places in our lives. It could be an unhealthy habit, a sin we won’t admit, feelings of doubt or fear, or lending lies an open ear. Regardless of the interference, God’s desire is to give you clearance.
But so much of the time, instead of allowing God to dig and remove, we tell Him to sit, and we attempt to improve. So we dig and we build. But in our endeavors, there are still inevitably some obstacles in our feeble efforts. We begin to establish our foundation, but those things God wanted us free from become a part of the formation.
So my question for you is this: Where is your foundation? What is it built on? What roots have you done your best to conceal? Where do you think you may need to heal? What areas need some digging? Remember, God has all the tools—today, receive His equipping. Because He is the master-builder, He is with you, and He has you.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous hand” (Isaiah 41:10, ESV).
As assuredly as the chilled tile underneath your toes, the table pressed against your elbows, the cushion of the chair absorbing your weight, or the pillow holding your head straight, He upholds you.