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There once was a man who decided to build a house, so he looked around for the ideal spot. A place with solid ground rather than shifting sand. And when the storms blew, he was safe and secure. (See Matthew 7:24-27 for Jesus’ version of the story.)

No one with any common sense would knowingly build their home on ground that would wash away … or suddenly sink. Instead, engineers and contractors anchor new buildings to bedrock. They find a firm foundation that will never move.

Except for the fact that our Earth moves.

What we think of as a solid sphere is really a cracked crust floating on the surface of liquid rock. Some pieces run into each other and get crumpled up (forming mountains) while others spread apart (forming deep sea trenches.) Sometimes the inside lava comes spewing or flowing out as a volcano. In other places, the friction of movement along a crack suddenly releases causing an earthquake. The Earth is solid and yet in motion, containing enough force to topple the largest cities.

As demonstrated by the solid … yet shifting land, building my life on this type of foundation may or may not turn out as I had hoped! What I think is stable — financial savings, a good job, health, family relationships–can be shaken in a moment.

But there is a true and unchanging, unmovable rock to build my life on. Only one thing remains the same.

Jesus said it this way: “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.” (Matthew 7:24 NIV) King David said: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.” (2 Samuel 22:2-3a NIV) David also wrote: “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 62:5-6 NIV) Then Paul later taught: “Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription; ‘The Lords knows those who are his'” (2 Timothy 2:19a NIV)

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20 NIV)

A solid foundation and fortress. Amazing power to create or destroy. Constantly on the move. That’s the God I see revealed in His creation.

What about you? Have you ever been in an earthquake or visited a volcano? How would you describe the power of such events? Has your life ever been shaken like that? What foundation have you built upon?

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