Fresh Hope – 18th July 2018

One place that fascinates me is The Leaning Tower of Pisa, in Italy. It is a freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral in Pisa and is known worldwide because it is tilted.  When people first see the structure they are amazed that it is still standing! The architect never intended it to be that way but it leans because the ground on which it is built was too soft on one side of the structure. It is quite literally leaning according to its own understanding of weight, pressure and gravity!
If the ground on which we build our lives is not firm, then we, too, will lean according to our own understanding and go our own way. It is absolutely vital that we follow the advice in Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Only He knows everything about us and our circumstances and only He is able to direct our steps according to His plans and purposes for our lives. When we begin to lean according to our own understanding, independently of God, our lives will soon become distorted and no longer be upright. That is why we are seeing such extremes of ungodliness in society. And just like the cost of propping up the leaning tower of Pisa has been massive, so is the societal cost when people ignore God’s Word and do their own thing.
In conclusion to one of the biggest sermons Jesus preached he says in Matthew 7:24-27 “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.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
In this parable of the wise man and the foolish man, these two men raise the question: what kind of foundation are we building on?
These two men had the same vision. They both wanted to build a house. Their dreams were the same. Their longings were the same. Their desires were the same. What makes these two men alike is that their view of the future was on par. Maybe we can look at the concept of building a house like building a life, building a life that is significant and fulfilling, building a family or building something that you have dreamt of and will be proud of.  But, we know that these two men had different outcomes because of the foundation they built their houses on.
Jesus teaches us that true wisdom comes from trusting in Him and His word. If we build our lives on the basis of God’s truth then we will be able to persevere when the storms of life come. If our foundation is built on our own worldly desires and wisdom then we will fail when we are tested. Jesus is the only worthy foundation because his death and resurrection is our only hope to overcome. Even our best efforts to follow Jesus’ teaching must be covered and made acceptable by His grace and the righteousness of Christ.
Christine Mudenha
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