Firm Foundations

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. -Psalm 62: 5-8

Foundation: an underlying base or support, a body or ground upon which something is built up or overlaid

I stood five stories up, looking over Loch Ness. The castle sprawled around me in ruins, except for the tower I was in. Despite bombings and other destruction, the foundations remained, dramatically etching the outline of a castle that had once been the largest in Scotland.

The foundations remained.

On that same trip, my sister and I decided to kill an hour visiting Armadale Castle while we waited to the ferry to take us across to mainland Scotland. Left largely to its own devices, Armadale had become derelict, little more than a hollowed-out shell.

But the foundations remained.

Eight years later I was in England. This time I find myself on a vast mound, constructed by the Romans as a defense. William the Conqueror later claimed the mound and built an entire city up there. Again, everything was in ruins, but the foundations could still be clearly seen.

The foundations remained.

The ruins of Rosslyn Castle, outside Edinburgh

I’ve seen this truth repeated throughout my trips to England and Scotland. Castles, houses, and religious buildings have been brought low by wind, rain, fire, and wars. They lie crumbled, abandoned, and ignored.

However, their foundations remain stand strong and will continue to do so long into the future.

Armadale Castle on the Isle of Skye

Christ the Sure Foundation

It’s impossible to build an effective building without a strong foundation. It was true hundreds of years ago and it’s still true today. Modern technology and engineering haven’t changed that fact. Buildings cannot stand without the right foundation.

Neither can we.

Our modern thinking tells us, especially as women, that we need to be our own strong foundation. We’re encouraged to be physically and mentally tough. This mindset says we don’t really need anyone else. If we struggle, then we just need to be stronger.

On the other hand, sadly, Christian thinking often tells us women we need a man. He is the basis of our happiness, with marriage as the main goal of our lives.

When Christian women embrace these mentalities we’re just deceiving ourselves. We’re trying to build our lives on the wrong foundations.

 We aren’t strong enough. We aren’t brave enough, good enough, or tough enough.

On our own we are never enough.

We need Jesus, not a man.

Failure to build our lives on the right foundation- a personal faith in Jesus Christ- means we will crumble every time.  

Isaiah 28:16 says, “See, I (God) lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; the one who believes will never be shaken.”

This promise is repeated again in I Peter 2:6- “See, I lay in Zion a stone, a chosen and precious cornerstone; and the one who believes in Him will never be put to shame.”

If we go back one verse in Isaiah it tells us that the people made lies a refuge and falsehood their hiding place (28:15). God was going to wash all that away and prove to them that the only sure foundation, the only One who could always be counted on, was Jesus Christ.

Single, married, young, old, optimistic or scared of the future, whatever your story is- I hope this is an encouragement to you in the middle of these turbulent times. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

He is our sure foundation.

When we build our lives on Him, we won’t be shaken.

All that’s left of this cathedral in Old Sarum is the foundations! Our foundation- Jesus Christ- will remain long after we’re gone.

This world has nothing for me
This life is not my own
I know You go before me and I am not alone
This mountain rises higher
The way seems so unclear
But I know that You go with me so I will never fear
I will trust in You

Whatever will come our way
Through fire or pouring rain
No, we won’t be shaken
No, we won’t be shaken
Whatever tomorrow brings
Together we’ll rise and sing
That we won’t be shaken
No, we won’t be shaken

You know my every longing
You’ve heard my every prayer
You’ve held me in my weakness ’cause You are always there
So I’ll stand in full surrender
It’s Your way and not my own
My mind is set on nothing less
Than You and You alone
I will not be moved

“We Won’t be Shaken”

-Building 429

This week, I’m thankful for a faithful God who never changes. He will see us through every storm. Together, let’s celebrate every SINGLE blessing!

4 Replies to “Firm Foundations”

  1. Carly, I love your pictures and how they fit perfectly with the topic. And such a great message-we are never enough on our own. We only need Jesus. I regret not learning this when I was your age, but at least I finally got it!

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