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Sinkhole or Firm Foundation? Better check before things go BOOM in the night!

It happens to every homeowner. Tucked in bed, sound asleep, and you hear a noise. You get up and look around, but don’t find anything. So you go back to bed. The next day, you discover a mess somewhere, and with an “Ugh,” head to get the broom.

Now imagine an extreme version. That’s what the Bushes, an Idaho family, experienced recently. They heard a loud noise and looked around. They didn’t find anything so they went back to bed. The next morning they checked their garage…and the floor was completely collapsed in a sinkhole!

Turns out, their garage had been built over an old basement. In the “secret room,” they found shelving, old toys, letters, and other items. Engineers told them it is amazing the floor hadn’t collapsed years ago since it was just 2” of concrete!

What would you do if the floor fell out from beneath you? Would it surprise you to know that it can reveal a lot about you? There are many warnings in the Bible about maintaining firm footing on the proper foundation.

In one example, King Ahaziah “fell through the lattice in his upper chamber” (2 Kings 1:2). Scholars debate the full meaning of this. Some claim it is a lattice “wall,” others say a “window,” while many teach, “skylight.”

Regardless of what exactly it is, he trusted in something that collapsed under him. And when he fell through, he became bed-ridden from the injury. What happened next reveals a heart issue. He didn’t call on God or look to godly advisors.

Rather, he sent messengers to enquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, whether he would live or die. Therefore, God, through Elijah, told Ahaziah that he would die in that bed. He trusted in idols – a flimsy foundation.

We all have secret rooms filled with junk. We hide them with flimsy walls and floors. But they will all crash eventually. Like a BOOM in the night, when Christ returns, all will be revealed.

Therefore, be careful how you build and what you build on! Christ is the only firm foundation (1 Corinthians 3:10-17).

Is Your Light A Quick Flash Or A Life Bringing Light?

meteor showerLate Wednesday evening, particles of dust and ice from the Swift-Tuttle comet should put on a spectacular show in the night sky. These natural “fireworks” might have as many as 100 streaks/hr. And, with the new moon keeping the sky dark, astronomers say the Perseid Meteor shower should be a good show.

Meteor showers are fun to watch, but they aren’t much use for lighting our way. They are a momentary attraction in the night. And they can easily be missed. If you blink at the wrong moment or if you don’t know where to watch in the night sky, you might never even see a meteor shower.

On the contrary, an amazingly brilliant, practically all-encompassing event will take place on Thursday morning. The sun will “rise.” Unfortunately, because of the frequency of this event, it won’t make the news. Millions will hit the snooze button and won’t even notice it. But without the sun, life as we know it would be impossible.

What about you, friend? Is your life more like a meteor or more like the sun? Does your life burn brightly for a blink of the eye, a momentary attraction for onlookers? Or is your life a light that nourishes and shines for the benefit of all?

I have nothing against meteor showers. I love God’s creation and all the spectacular sights in it. I will probably even rise early to watch. But as I consider Matthew 5:14-16, I know that Jesus wanted His disciples to be candles, not sparklers. We are the light of the World, illuminating the path to God.

Consider Paul’s words: “for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:8-10).

So enjoy the meteor shower. The best viewing will be about 4am. But since you’ll be up early, how about catching an amazing event Thursday morning too…a beautiful sun rise! Then give some thought to your life. What does your light say about your faith in Him? Are you a flash in the pan or a light on a hill, helping others to see goodness, truth, and righteousness?

Stabbed in the Back

Have you ever been stabbed in the back? Of course, I don’t mean literally. I mean when someone abuses your trust and friendship for personal gain. We call this “getting stabbed in the back.” And if it has happened to you, you know how difficult it is to rest easy with a “knife” in your back.

But apparently sleeping with an actual knife in your back isn’t nearly as difficult! According to recent news, a New Jersey man slept soundly for about 10 hours until he awoke complaining about a pain in his back. He called his brother and asked him to take a look. That is when his brother told him he had a 5” blade stuck in his back!

The wound had been the result of a struggle the man had that evening with someone on his front porch. His attacker had walked up asking for a cigarette, there was an argument and fight between the two, and then the attacker ran off. The man thought he had won the fight and decided not to chase his attacker into the night. He awoke the next morning to find quite a surprise!

If you have ever felt “stabbed in the back,” then you are in good company. Did you know that Jesus was stabbed in the back once too?  It is true! No, it wasn’t a literal knife, but Jesus’ close companion, Judas Iscariot, stabbed Him in the back. He betrayed Jesus for a small bag of money – hardly worthy of putting a knife in the back of the Son of God.

Despite having been betrayed, Jesus loved and prayed for His enemies, and He taught His disciples to do so too. And when He had the opportunity to have retribution on Judas…He just let Him go off into the night. Do you “chase your attackers into the night,” or love and pray for them instead?

If we trust people, we might occasionally take a knife to the back, but we do well to remember that vengeance belongs to the Lord (Deuteronomy 32:35; Romans 12:19). When I follow Christ’s example, I sleep better…how about you?