October 11, 2008
For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11
As I talk with people, one of the things many of them complain about is feeling unsure.
Their world and the things in which they put their confidence seem shaky. If that's true for you, maybe you might want to take a lesson from the natives of the Sapura plateau of India. On that plain, there is a primitive tribe of natives who have a unique custom.
After an earthquake, the men of the tribe go around driving nails into the ground to make it firm again.
Now, you know and I know pounding nails into the ground is not going to prevent another earthquake from happening. Pounding nails is a futile gesture, just like many of the ways we try to bring order into our lives.
We try to stop our own personal earthquakes by running around and making everything secure and sound. Sadly, the passing of time shows all of our attempts just don't do the job.
The truth is: we can't stop our earthquakes, but God can. God is powerful; God is consistent; most of all God is benevolent and cares about what happens to us.
To those who have faith in Jesus as their Savior, Who have built their lives upon Jesus as their Foundation, God has given His personal guarantee.
He has promised never to pull the rug out from under us or let the roof fall down about our ears. He, and His Son, our Savior, will always be there, ready to give us help, hope and a hand up.
So, if you are troubled today, if you're shaken, or if your world is a'rockin' and a'rollin', don't go around pounding nails in the ground.
No, trust the Savior Who gave Himself so you might be given a peace that the world cannot give.
Let the Holy Spirit build you a solid foundation upon the Savior.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Jesus, You are my solid Foundation. Through all life's quakes, grant that I rely on You. Let me be comforted in this world, as well as in the next. With a thankful heart I ask this in Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries