There is a Psalm that describes mountains giving way, crumbling as if they were not mountains at all, strong and solid, but little flecks of earth washing away in the pounding sea. Everything is crumbling. The message of the Psalm isn’t hard to figure out. Life erodes the foundations on which we have built, sometimes with sudden swiftness. Think not? Think about where we are. People we love, who we have depended on; our fathers, husbands, our brothers, soon, maybe, to be no longer with us. Think about the world we live in suddenly rattled again by armies invading peaceful cities and people threatening nuclear war. Think about how swiftly a changing economy can sweep away secure futures. Go back to that Psalm. These are the kinds of things it is talking about. In the face of them it’s hard not to be afraid or at the very least a little worried sometimes. And yet the Psalm says “we will not fear” even if the very earth beneath us gives way. Why? How? Because the Psalm begins with these words “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” God our refuge. He, nothing else, is our foundation.
Sometimes, more than other times, we need to remember that God cares. How much? Enough to stoop to us, for us, lower than anyone would have dreamed. Enough to come to us. Enough to become us. Enough to be one of us. Enough to be the one of us who draws the fire of the enemy, all the fiery darts. Enough to be the one who would die for us. Enough to let the raging waters pound upon him. God did that. You know the story. Bethlehem. Wilderness. Calvary. And then empty tomb.
Empty tomb. An empty tomb. The destroyer destroyed. “For this reason was the Son of God made manifest that he might destroy the devil’s work.” The raging waters pounding against a rock they cannot crumble. Finally.
The foundation of your life must be Jesus. It must be. Remember the old hymn (Young people, ask your parents)? “On Christ the solid rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand.”
What does it mean to have Christ as our foundation? It means to believe him enough, trust him enough, to actually live his teachings. It isn’t enough to believe him enough only to take you to heaven someday but not enough to believe what he says about living your life now. He says still, “Whoever hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice (here, now) is like a man who built his house on sand. But whoever hears these words of mine and practices them is like a man who built his house on the rock.” The rock. God himself. Let the torrent rage. God cannot be moved. He is our refuge. Let the earth dissolve. We have a place to stand.
You matter to God. He has quite literally crossed heaven and earth for you. You matter to God. But faith matters too. And faith isn’t only praying a prayer once. It isn’t focused only on your eternal destiny. Faith is focused here now. It is seen in practicing, living, Jesus’s words.
Lord, help us to believe you enough to live your words now.