Our family did a staycation this summer, exploring stuff in the greater Buffalo region that we wouldn’t normally get to do as a family. One of my favorite destinations was Stony Brook State Park, where we hiked up the gorge as a family to see God’s glorious hand at work in creation.
My two older kids and I were not content to walk along the trail, however. Like many there, we decided to walk in the river instead of next to it. As we walked, I passed down lessons for creek hiking that I learned from my parents at our cabin in the mountains. Chief among them: watch your footing. The rock you want to step on might be slick with water, or unstable. One wrong step, and you fall into the river and possibly hurt yourself.
It’s hard to walk without good, solid footing beneath you. It can lead to serious injury or even death. The same is true on our spiritual journey. Jesus warned his disciples about the danger of poor footing:
And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:26-27
The house on the sand probably looked nice when the weather was calm and sunny. But when the storm came, the house collapsed because it had been built on unstable ground. What kind of ground are you building your life on?
For some, it’s the shaky foundation of “feeling”. They live and act by what “feels” right to them. For others, it’s what they think is “right”, however they choose to define that. But Jesus invites us to build on something more sure. Rather than trusting our own judgment about what feels good or right, we trust His Word instead. And His Word never changes or fails. It’s the most stable of all foundations. So how does the ground you’re standing on look today? Is it the solid rock of Christ, or the shifting sands of feeling and personal opinion?