“So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.” Isaiah 28:16
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. – Matthew 7:24
“For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 3:11
The other day I had the opportunity to visit the top of the NYC Freedom Tower. I wasn’t thrilled about the $32 admission fee or the hundreds of tourists; however I wanted to see what it was all about. Before I could ascend to the top of the 105th floor, we would go down an escalator below the ground. What I saw below the earth’s surface was something that stood out in my mind. The new tower at One World Trade, which took 14 years to complete, had an incredible foundation built upon an enormous bedrock. I decided to stay in this area a little longer than I previously anticipated. I wasn’t expecting to see a huge rock like that. I felt like I was in a cave or the base of a giant mountain. It was upon that rock solid foundation that the developers took 5.4 million cubic feet of concrete to construct this super tower, making it the strongest building ever made in history. The construction of the building may have taken longer to build, but most experts say it can withstand fires, explosions, and plane crashes. I pray our nation never has to witness that again, however, it’s assuring to know they prepared.
I have to admit going to the top of One World Trade Center was simply breathtaking. The beautiful glass windows on the observation deck gave visitors a 360-degree view of the NYC skyline, rivers and bridges. Standing in the heavens and looking down on everything man built in the natural reminded me of the importance of building a solid foundation in our everyday and spiritual lives.
In the natural it’s important to have secure homes. There is nothing wrong with wanting our buildings and cities to be fortresses of safety. If tragedy strikes; we want to be able to find shelter and rest in the places we reside.
How about spiritually? What is the foundation of your life built on? The Bible promises that those who rely on the Cornerstone of Zion will not panic when trouble comes. As Christians we believe Jesus is that Cornerstone, and those who build their lives on his Word will be like a house built on a rock. When the storms of life come crashing down, you can find rest knowing that your life is in his hands.
When you feel like you hit rock bottom, you can start building on the simple truth that Jesus loves you, and he died for you. Believing in his resurrection and trusting in his Word will allow you to change from the inside out. Growing closer to him empowers us to have a greater vision and live for a higher calling.