The foundation stones were cracked. Crumbling into dust. There were gaps where pieces of mortar were missing. I stood in front of them, hefting a brand new, solid stone. I was going to fix this wall if it was going to kill me.
I slapped some fresh mortar on the wall and added my stone. Then I picked up another. One by one, I layered them. New foundation stones on top of the old.
When it was finished, I stood back and surveyed my work. It looked good. Sort of. But it was just as unsteady as before.
We all do this at times, don’t we? We want to rebuild. Start over. But instead of first allowing the Holy Spirit to remove old hurts and disappointments, we try to build on top of them.
It makes for a very unstable existence.
It’s only when we clear away the rubble completely that we can build a truly solid foundation.
Isaiah 28:16 says,
Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem,
a firm and tested stone.
It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on.
Whoever believes need never be shaken.”
Sometimes we need to sit back and evaluate our hearts. We need to take some time in the presence of God and let Him speak to us. We need to ask, “Are there any areas of hurt that I need to let go of? Are there any areas of sin that I need to repent of? Are there any areas in my life in which I’m building on rubble?”
It’s not enough to try to cover it up or move on and forget about it. We need to let the Holy Spirit clear away the chipped, broken foundation stones. Sometimes He has to dig deep. Sometimes it hurts. But God doesn’t clear the rubble just to leave the ground barren. He gives us life and peace.
He gives us Jesus.
And when we have Jesus as the cornerstone in every area of our lives, He enables us to build something that is not only rock solid, but also breathtakingly beautiful. Something that will last.