How Firm A Foundation
“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 3:11
For almost 20 years I have worked as a civil engineer in road and bridge construction. In those years I have learned, over and over, the importance of a good foundation. People often ask, “Why does it take so long to build a road?”. While there are many factors that can affect road construction, the biggest is often tied up in a phrase we use: getting the project out of the ground. This phrase basically means we are working on building a proper foundation.
In Matthew 16:13-18 Jesus asked His disciples the famous question, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” His disciples then began to reply, “Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.” Then as He always does, Jesus got to a personal level with them asking, “But whom say ye that I am?” Peter answered Him, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Matthew 16:17-18 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
In these verses Jesus is promising that He will build His church on a strong, sure foundation. That foundation is that He is Christ, the Son of the living God. This is the rock Jesus is referring to, and against such a foundation Satan and all of his army cannot prevail. The main strength of any structure is in its foundation and there is no stronger foundation than Jesus Christ.
Have you ever drove over a section of roadway that keeps getting potholes no matter how many times it is patched? The majority of the time the problem is not in the asphalt, it is in the foundation and no patch will ever hold or last. The only way to correctly and completely fix the problem is to remove all the patched and broken roadway; dig down; remove the problem; and build a strong foundation to place new asphalt on. If the foundation is strong the road will last.
If in your life you find yourself encountering the same “pothole” or failure, again and again, then just like with the road there is only one true solution. Fixing or “patching” the surface will not solve the problem. All of the broken and damaged pieces have to be taken away and the true problem removed so your life can be built back on the foundation of Jesus Christ. The great news is that not only is Jesus a firm foundation, he is also a master builder who specializes in carefully and mercifully removing and repairing the broken, damaged places in your life.