In the early hours of June 24, 2021, a 12-story beachfront condo in a Miami suburb partially collapsed. Ultimately, 98 people lost their lives in the rubble. Subsequent investigation revealed the primary contributing factor to be a long-term erosion of reinforced concrete structural support in the underground parking garage, due to water penetration and corrosion of the reinforcing steel. The news of the erosion came as no surprise as the problem had been reported in 2018 and, as late as April 2021, had been noted as worsening. Plans were in the works to address the needed repairs but unfortunately, proper priority had not been given to the problem. This was an avoidable tragedy! In anticipation of adverse weather conditions and the accompanying strong winds, the entire structure was demolished and people’s lives were disrupted. No structure can withstand the winds of adversity without a solid foundation.
Our lives are no different. We must build them on a firm foundation if we expect to withstand the innumerable pressures of daily living—especially in the age of the Corona Virus and a myriad of other societal ills. I believe we can all agree we have been under some immense pressures over the past 18 months.
Our lives can collapse if we don’t constantly reinforce our spiritual foundation. It’s easy to ignore the erosion in our spiritual disciplines… inconsistent prayer times, sporadic reading of God’s word, slackening attendance at church—virtual or onsite, rarely fasting, failing to share the good news of salvation with others… you know the drill… I know the drill… and have concluded that fighting the erosion of our foundation is a never-ending battle. Thus, securing our foundation must be our number one priority each day in order to ensure our sanity and keep us strong and immovable when the fierce winds blow in our lives. ⠀We must be vigilant in laying a foundation of intentional and consistent prayer accompanied with reading God’s word. We must march to His orders daily and resist our worldly, selfish pursuit and mindsets. Refusing to do so puts us at great risk of a collapse when the winds of adversity blow. Who says so? The B-I-B-L-E!
“But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed, and its destruction was complete.” (Luke 6:49 NIV).⠀
DON’T LET YOUR FOUNDATION ERODE!