An important part of the design of any building is an assessment of the ground conditions to establish what the most appropriate foundation will be. This can be influenced by lots of different things, such as the type and nature of the ground (sandy ground, clay soil, or more solid ground etc.), the amount of water in the ground, contaminants in the ground, such as high levels of sulphates, nitrates etc. Basically, without getting too technical, there is a lot to think about. The whole purpose is to ensure that when built, the foundation will be strong and stable and the building will not move. This can also be related to our Christian journey. We want to ensure that when times are tough and when our world is being shaken (because it will), when the world seems to be falling apart all around us, that our foundation is strong enough to support us. Praise God He shows us how to build a strong foundation; Matthew 7:24-25 'Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock'. Reading and hearing the words of God is important, however what is even more important is being obedient and putting them into practice.
|Source: Nan Jones|
Following a building inspection it was sometimes necessary to provide additional support to a building’s foundations because the foundation and/or the ground underneath had weakened or failed. One way of doing this was to introduce a new deeper foundation directly underneath the failed foundation to ensure that the building transferred its load back onto solid ground. This is a technique known as ‘underpinning’. Sometimes we might find the ground under our feet is weakening as the challenges of life are continually thrown at us. However at any moment we can go to Jesus, the Rock, who will provide all of the support we need to strengthen us. Jesus is our ‘underpinning’, our Rock and stronghold who will ensure that our foundations will never fail if we call on His name; Psalm 18:2 ‘The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold’.
When we come into the presence of God we stand on Holy ground. Holy ground is immovable, it cannot be shaken, it is the most solid ground you will ever stand on. So, when our lives are being shaken when our world seems to be falling all around our feet then let’s enter the presence of God and stand on the Solid Rock of Christ. Let us protect ourselves by reading God’s Word and applying it in our lives, let us pray, let us seek the counsel of a trusted Christian brother or sister, let us worship and glorify God. All these things will help to bring us into the presence of God and to put our feet on Holy ground which will strengthen our foundation.Let us not build on the sandy foundation of human philosophies and ideas, let us build on the solid foundation of grace and righteousness which is to live by faith in Christ. Amen
Author: Gary O’Neill
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