How firm a Foundation!
It is the moment that you begin to look around instead of consistently keeping your eyes up that your mind can wonder to the point of despair. Granted, painful things happen to us in this world. There are things that happen in our culture that cause us anguish and heartache. But, we must remember that the direction that we place our eyes makes all the difference in the world. If our focus is on the things around us, it is no wonder that we can become depressed. But, when our focus is on an omnipotent God, even through the worst trials there is hope! When we look up it reminds us that we have a foundation that is laid in the hands of God! And, it is when we are in this foundation that our lives will never be shaken, because He cannot be shaken! The foundation will never move, but sometimes we can become disoriented when we are not focused on the source of our foundation. So, we must always remember that the foundation is there, and that we must always keep our eyes focused on the source of our foundation to experience peace on top of this security.
The 1787 hymn “How firm a foundation”, is an incredible reminder of the foundation that was laid for us. The first and last verses of the song give us amazing encouragement. Verse 1 says: “How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word! What more can He say than to you He hath said, You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?” It is His word that tells us of the great story of redemption. It is the very thing that leads us to life! It is His word that we have a foundation that will give us strength in times of need. But, we must see that it is the person of Jesus that we must always run to for refuge, for He is our very foundation.
The second verse closes with: “The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose, I will not, I will not desert to its foes; That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.” What a magnificent hope! There is nothing that can remove us from the foundation of Christ! Not even hell! When we place our life upon the foundation of Jesus and His word our lives will be more stable and unshakable than anything is this world!
Through times of trial and pain we must always turn to that foundation, for it is the only thing stable enough to hold us up! It is when we try to lay our own foundation, or run from the one laid for us that our lives seem to suffer. So, it is all that more inherent that we not just walk to this foundation, but run, and run as fast as we can. This foundation is the only hope, the only peace, the only unshakable thing in this world. God, has given you a foundation to lay your life upon, don’t take it for granted, don’t forsake it, knowing that He will never forsake you!