Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Helaman 5:12

"And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."
Helaman 5:12

This is good... I like the double remember... don't just remember, but remember REMEMBER... that we need Christ in our lives more than anything... remember REMEMBER that he is the meaning and purpose behind all the rest of it... he is the foundation to build everything else on.  Relationships that have their foundations in him can be built strong and high.  All others will eventually fall.  Everything in our lives that is dedicated and built in his name can stand, and stand well... everything else is doomed. 
It isn't that God wants everything to fail, and it isn't that he is selfish like that... it is only that he gives us a chance to save *something* in our stormy lives.  Satan doesn't care what or who he destroys... that's what he wants.  And when we don't have Christ around, Satan's mighty storm *does* have power to drag us down to the gulf of misery... things go wrong, and everything starts falling apart, and we try so hard to hold things together... but we can't... it's impossible.  When we do have God around though, and things go wrong, and we know we can't hold things together... if they are good things, founded in Christ... he holds them together *for* us.  The tornado comes through (and it always, always will eventually) and all the stuff we were keeping in the lean-to and the shack and the mobile home are wiped out... and if that's all we had, that is devastating.  But if we are building on God's land, with Christ as our foundation... then we can listen to the storm in front of the fireplace, and know that things are going to be fine. 
The other interesting thing about this scripture is the end of it... it says "whereon if men build they cannot fall" ... cannot.  Not will not or might not... like it has anything to do with fate or personal choice.  It says if we build ourselves on the foundation of Christ, we can *never* fall.  His foundation is sure, incredibly strong, and better than any building material we can find, anywhere.  No more searching around for the heart that was stepped on and flung to the ground... no more searching for arms and legs we lost during a personal melt-down.  We're whole, and we stay that way, whatever temporary structures the storm destroys.

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