I owned and operated a home repair company for a couple of years. I also grew up working in the construction industry. I have memories of being on job sites and at an exceptionally young age trying to “work.” Having experience in the construction industry and and working on homes and houses for a number of years, I have come to the logical conclusion that many, not all, but many construction issues originate from the foundation. I have been asked to go into homes with cracked ceilings, messed up drywall, floors that aren’t level, etc. The first thing that comes to my mind after seeing such problems is that there are more than likely issues with the foundation. It could be that the foundation was not built correctly, wasn’t built on the right ground, or hasn’t been tended to in many years. This reminds me so much of our christian life. David references this problem in Psalms 11:3 where he asks the question, “If the foundation be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” This tells me two things. It tells me that there are foundation issues that need to be dealt with, and it tells me that there are options for dealing with these issues.
Working on existing foundations has reminded me of the christian life in so many ways. As a society in whole, we resent going back to the basics. This causes more issues for us as a child of God. If you have foundation problems in your house and you ignore them, then the problem will grow into more than just foundation issues and will eventually make your home unlivable. The same is true of the child of God. From time to time we must address issues with our foundation so that we don’t have escalated problems in the near future. It may be something as small as spending more devotional time with the Lord in the mornings or in the evenings, depending on when you do your personal devotions. It may be something as small as praying more during the course of the busy day. It may be even be that God is dealing with you about witnessing more and telling more people about Christ. Maybe God is convicting you to spend more time in His Word. Though these may seem elementary to those of us who are well experienced in the ministry, these are foundation issues that need to be addressed from time to time. It is easy to get so caught up in the work of the ministry that you forget the reason for the ministry.
It is a great thing to grow both spiritually and physically and to reach higher goals for the cause of Christ, but we should not be scared to venture back to the basics from time to time. When doing foundation work on an existing house, the house is completed. There is a family living in the house and it is occupied. There have been memories made in that house. There have been holidays celebrated in that house. By all means the construction of the house has been completed for a number of years, but the present condition of the house is deteriorating because of an issue with the most basic part of the house. The same is true for the child of God. Paul tells us in Philippians 4:12, “ I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” He knew what it was to be at the top and he knew what it was to be brought back to the bottom. Often times the top of the totem pole only reaffirms the strength of the foundation of the pole. We can’t be scared to start over from time to time. Just because you have been brought back to the bottom does not mean you are a failure. It just means you get to reaffirm your foundation. The roof of the house is extremely dangerous if there is a weak foundation. The foundation is only found at the bottom. It is great to be at the top. It is great to rejoice and experience the joy on the mountain top, but growth takes place in the valley. It is in the valley that we grow, and it is on the mountain top that we find the blessing of the valley. The Apostle Paul knew what it was to be full and to be hungry. He knew what it was to be in need and what it was to have his needs met. He was not afraid to work on his foundation. From time to time, God will bring us to a low point in life. Not because He desires to punish us, but because He desires to strengthen our foundation.
Be aware that you not leave the foundation of your life unattended. Be aware that your foundation is built on solid ground so that it is strong enough to withstand the storms of life that will come your way. It is not a matter of if, but it is a matter of when storms will come. Job said that man is born into troubles as sure as the sparks fly upward. Is your foundation secure?