About 35 years ago, my husband and I bought our first house in Gilmanton, NH. It was small and inexpensive, seemingly perfect for our small family. Perfect until we started living and working in it. Every room was crooked and unlevel. That is when we learned that the former owner, who built the house, started by building one room. He added a room every year until the whole house started to slide down the hill. Only then did he add the foundation! This was not the well-built house that Solomon had in mind, or the one that Jesus was talking about in Luke 6:48.
This brings up two important thoughts. First, when building anything, whether physical or spiritual, we need to wait on the Lord and be obedient to His will. We, as humans, often try to go ahead of God, build our own projects, in our own timing, using our own resources. We then stamp God’s name on it, believing that this will ensure His blessings. 1 Samuel 15:22 reminds us that: “to obey is better than sacrifice.” We need to learn to wait on the Lord’s guidance and move forward in complete obedience and dependence on Him.
The second, equally important thought is the foundation. As Christians everything we do, everything we be-lieve, is built on the Rock of Jesus the Christ. He is our Cornerstone, the only Way, a sure Foundation, and our very Life. “In Him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Unless our Faith is in Him, built by Him, and lived out daily in obedience to Him, we labor in vain.
- Linda Foye Hirtle
First Baptist Church, Newton and their pastor Doug Dawe
Newton Junction Baptist Church and their pastor Jim Malkemes
North Bennington Baptist Church and their interim pastor Rick Gramlin