Welcome back to the series, Building the House. In October, I shared part 1, Building the House: The Excavation. Part 2, Building the House: Cleared, made its appearance in November. Today, Part 3, Building the House: The Foundation, has made its arrival. Now, this picture does not look like much, but it is the foundation and everything else is built on and around it.
This project began last fall. After the clearing, the work ceased, the winter came, spring burst forward, and only just recently did the work start again. A considerable amount of planning has gone into this foundation and considerably more is depending on it to support the future structure.
The lot was surveyed, dimensions were staked out, rough plumbing installed, and trucks and more trucks of concrete were poured and smoothed. Details are imperative to ensure that this foundation, this base built below, this lowest load-bearing part of this house is level and square, safe, sound, and secure. The thickness of the foundation was calculated to consider the load it would have to bear, the height of the walls, the forces of the wind, gravity, and the earth surrounding it. Contractors and subcontractors, specialized in their disciplines of expertise, oversee and labor following the guidelines as outlined by local and state governments.
Now the wait is on again as there is a timing involved for the slab to cure and the blueprints followed for a successful house to be built.
Jesus told a story in Matthew chapter seven about two builders, one wise and one foolish. The wise man built his house on the rock. The rain, floods, and winds came, and it survived because it was rock solid. The foolish man built his house on sand. The same elements assailed but it had a great fall because of the poor foundation. Jesus equated these two builders and houses to people and the Word. Those who hear and practice His Word are the wise and those who hear His Word and do not obey, are the foolish. The wise man was unshaken, but the foolish man was destroyed.
When we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, He is our foundation. But it is our responsibility to receive all He is and has, to live the abundant life. We must choose to receive health and healing, prosperity, joy, peace, and a plethora of other blessings. Taking time to study the Word, gives us confidence in the Foundation. It gives us assurance that He will carry the loads of life for us. Spending time in prayer solidifies our relationship with the Foundation. A thick Foundation of prayer guarantees that we can withstand the forces of darkness, earth-shaking trials, and rise above the gravity of rains, floods, and winds of life. Through active praise, we receive power from the Foundation. This power qualifies saints of God to specialize in praise. We become experts praisers through the anointing and dictates of the Holy Spirit. And finally, waiting patiently with thanksgiving on the Foundation laid, we become securely established. Following the plan He has for us, sets us up to win big every time.
God is always speaking and directing. He uses varieties of ways to reach us; telephone, television, and even telegraph, if that is what will get our attention. He assigns people like me and this God-inspired blog to reach you, to talk to you, to give you a message. Whether or not you read and are obedient when prompted to do so, is up to you. Sometimes the message is not packaged in a pretty package but is nonetheless powerful to empower you. Be wise, build on the rock. It may not look like much, but it is foundational.
Harriet Noel Jones