Union Ridge Church


April 12, 2023

by Reverend Dan on April 12, 2023
Years ago, I lived in a house on top of the crest of a small hill. One spring we had the driveway paved and the yard “leveled” to a gentle slope and things were looking good. That summer, however, we had a storm almost every day in August, and all the land around the house that wasn't "fixed" was washing away down the hill as the rain poured down. Which meant that every day I was out there shoveling the “run-off” back onto the part of the hill that wasn’t included in the project. The land which had been cared for, however - the part that was given a firm foundation - simply absorbed the rain and used it to make the new grass and yard even stronger and more beautiful.

So it is with our lives and God. Paul tells Timothy, “God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: The Lord knows those who are His.” When our foundation is set by the One who created us, the storms that blow around us, and in us, don't scare us. In fact, God uses them to make us stronger. A man named Charles West once said, “We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to realize that very often it is God who is shaking them.” It is when we have no foundation, when our lives aren't "level", that the winds blow, the rains comes, the sands shift, and we are washed away by the storm. When we are God's, our foundation is set - not in ourselves, but in Him - and the storms just make us stronger.
What inscription seals your foundation?​​​​​​​
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