A story is told of a young boy who witnessed the effects of a volcano as it swept down the valley that was adjacent to their house. As the boulders and other hot debris of the volcano were being shoved down the mountain, the boys mother was safely tucked at the basement of the house. It never occurred to her that her son had not joined her down. After a while the boy began to shout; Mummy it’s crumbling, the world is coming to an end!
When his mother heard the boy shouting she quickly ran towards the direction where the sound was coming from. Frightened, the mother hurriedly picked her son and began running towards the basement again. It did not take long before their house was covered by the boulders. The aftermath of the incidence left many people without homes as others lost their lives as well. All this time the mother and son were buried beneath the rocks and debris in the basement of what used to be their house.
Two weeks later, with the help of the relatives a rescue team was able to locate the position of their house and were able to start rescue operations. The operations took another one week before the mother and the son were able to see day light again. So many people were amazed at how the two were able to survive all this time. When asked the mother said all they did was to pray and trust God. They did not have enough supplies and the basement was also covered by the boulders. After a while the rescue team discovered that the house was over one hundred years old and had been built by a first family that was staying in that house. The findings pointed out that the foundation of this house was the best and strongest in the entire neighborhood and also had holes by the sides that were able to get oxygen to the mother and the son.
In the gospel of Mathew chapter seven and verse 24, our Lord Jesus Christ speaks of two builders, a wise builder and a foolish one. “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 wind
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house, and it fell with a great crash.”
In this last excerpt of this chapter, Jesus talks about a rock from which a wise man built his house. Jesus was speaking about the Kingdom of God and those who will enter into that Kingdom. A clear understanding of the rock in this regard is Jesus himself, and the wise man is he who has built his house, in this case his faith in Christ Jesus himself. Such a foundation is firm enough to withstand any force that would come against it.
The foolish builder is the one who has not put his faith in Jesus Christ or who is not grounded in the Lord. Such faith easily tumbles when there are shake ups that come over time.
These past few days I have been thinking about the events surrounding our country Kenya and the world at large. A lot is happening around the world right now that would easily leave one wondering where to find hope. Where is the firm and strong foundation that we can run to?
It is interesting that in the clamor for hope and refuge even believers have been left searching and wondering. It is not because they do not know or they have not heard yet. Like these people that Jesus was speaking to, believers have interacted with the scriptures. But still we all waiver and many are the times when we have found ourselves not fully looking up to Jesus. We all have had an experience with the Lord that we can testify about, but then we still feel troubled.
The biggest question we ought to ask ourselves is where is our foundation? If indeed it is in the Lord Jesus Christ as it ought to be then our hearts ought not to be troubled. As he ends his teaching in this chapter of Mathew the Lord speaks of those who hear his words and put them into practice. He compares them to a wise builder. Christ is our firm foundation, the chief corner stone that we can trust for our salvation and true eternal hope. As we focus on this eternal hope, he will continuously replenish us with grace enough to conquer the physical storms as well. Christ indeed is the firm foundation that we can run to.