TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, September 02, 2019:
Base on which something is built; the basis or groundwork of anything; the moral foundation of both society and religion.
If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
At the time of both the Sylmar and Northridge earthquakes here in California, we lived very close to the epicenters of both. We have witnessed just how important a strong foundation is. Let’s look at the following question that David asked: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
When everything is crumbling beneath us, we must remember that God’s Word is our true foundation. No matter what we face, the scripture assures us that we are children of God, and He promises to see us through it.
This does not mean we will not experience suffering or disappointment, but the Lord walks with us every step of the way. His Word is our compass and guidebook for every hardship, heartache, and problem. As long as we make God our foundation, we will be able to face every situation.
David likened the foundation of a nation to that of a building. If a house is to last, it must be built on a strong foundation. Otherwise, it will begin to crumble, and the house will fall.
In the same way a nation whose foundation is weak cannot endure. A strong national foundation consists of law and order, justice, truth, morality, decency, integrity, fairness, and trustworthiness. When these are abandoned, the foundation begins to crumble, and the nation is in danger of collapsing.
Just as a nation can collapse so can we as individuals if we start to turn away from God -- our foundation!
How should we respond if our foundations are destroyed? When our house was shaking, we ran to a safe place. When David’s foundations were shaking, he ran to God. When our foundation is shaking we should:
TURN TO GOD! In Psalm 11:1 David said we can choose to say, “In the Lord I take refuge.” This means we place our confidence totally in God and become attentive to His voice, day and night. He has given us unshakable, absolute truth in His Word. When we place our trust in Him and what He says, we will receive stability and direction for our lives.
DO NOT RUN! David said in verse 1, “How can you say to my soul, flee as a bird to your mountain.” Instead of trying to run away from our difficulties, we should run to God and His Word. He is all powerful and knows in advance all of our struggles and needs. With God by our side we can stand strong, firm, and true in the in the midst of hardship, suffering, and loss, knowing that He is trustworthy and righteous and loves justice (Psalm 11:7).
When the foundations begin to crumble, whether personally or nationally, do you turn to God and His Word? What effect would it have on your emotions, thoughts, and reactions if this became your first choice?
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 27:1.
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
Father, we do know that Satan is very clever, deceptive and sly and we do not want to be deceived by him and his lies. He will do all he can to shake our faith in our true foundation. Help me and my family to be able to discern Satan’s cunning methods. Guard our hearts and minds through the power of the truth of Your Word.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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