On our recent visit to the many hiking trails near Zion national park, we embarked on a half day expedition through several impressive canyons. As I walked on the thousands of layers of limestone, formed over millions of years, some of my steps elicited a familiar sound. Was the rock I was hiking on hollow? I immediately asked my guide who confirmed my suspicions.
“It is hollow!”
She explained that the limestone we were hiking on was overlying large caverns, many feet below us. Although the stone we were hiking upon appeared to be solid, with time, it would erode and collapse with future floods and rains, forming the canyons and caves that surrounded us. Although such events were likely far ahead in the future and rare, one never really knew when it may occur and there had been reports of areas unexpectedly collapsing, sometimes with deadly outcomes. Jesus Christ warned His disciples of a similar fate.
But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house right on the ground, without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.
Luke 6:49 (NLT)
Unless we have a firm foundation in God, like the massive cliffs that I walked upon, we are susceptible to collapse. When Jesus Christ taught this parable, the foundation of which He spoke was hearing God’s Word, obeying, and acting upon it. If we only give a perfunctory nod to obeying God’s Word, we will collapse when the floods, the problems of life, inevitably come upon us.
It was naive and even foolhardy of me to think that the limestone I was hiking upon would not collapse for many years. There was no way of knowing when it would happen. In life, we also do not know when calamity will strike us. We may grow overconfident, believing that our savings or retirement portfolio will carry us through financial strife. We may rely upon our health insurance to take care of a catastrophic injury. The truth is we do not know. All of these assurances are as hollow as the limestone I hiked upon.
Rather than hoping we will not collapse during the storms of life, we should choose to build our lives upon faith and belief in Jesus Christ. Every word in the Bible points to our need to confess and repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ is the true Rock, the foundation upon which we must all build our lives.
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.