We’re all in search of solid ground, a promise or a support that will help us to stay secure. If you have discovered a source of stability in your life, that’s wonderful. But have you ever thought of what actual foundation you are using as you start building your life on the solid ground that you think you’ve found? What is holding up your foundation? Building a strong and safe life is like building a stone house. In every stone building, one stone is the most critical. For a stone building to stand, the rock which holds the weight of the entire structure must be reliable. This stone is called the cornerstone.
Personally, I couldn’t find a safe place before I discovered my identity and purpose in life through my faith in Christ Jesus. Formerly, I trusted in people who I thought might be my rock. I believed they wouldn’t let me down. Unfortunately, that time of life took me through layers and layers of disappointment and at times, shook the ground beneath me. We are all human and are prone to disappoint each other. Human relationships will always be an important part of life, but the chains of family and friendship inevitably break down at some point. Yet God is faithful and close to the broken-hearted. [Psalms 34:18-20]
As for me, those experiences taught me to be vigilant in whom and in what I place my trust. It’s a work in process – though I may feel a daily tug-of-war within me regarding where to build my life’s foundation, I have come to realize that I must muster the courage to stop bowing to the wishes of others. I must instead let the Holy Spirit of God be my solid ground. Jesus is my cornerstone.
The Holy Spirit has taught me many lessons. One of them is to keep on praying for those who have let me down. And I must pray for myself as well, to become more Christ like rather than responding in kind. The Lord’s word encourages me daily: “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” [1 Peter 3:9]
I’m hopeful because [Isaiah 28:16] echos the Lord God’s word: “Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: “Whoever believes will not be in panic.”
WITH WHOM DO YOU TRUST YOUR LIFE? WHO IS YOUR CORNERSTONE?