â€œWhatâ€™s going on here? Why is myÂ car behaving this way?â€ Instantly theÂ traffic ahead veered out of control asÂ the concrete broke up and disappeared.Â Those few fleeting seconds of disbeliefÂ must have been horrifying.
Every day approximately 140,000Â vehicles drove over the Interstate 35WÂ Bridge between Minneapolis and St.Â Paul. Construction crews were on theÂ bridge re-decking two of the eightÂ lanes. Buses, trucks, cars, vans andÂ motorcycles were passing over. It wasÂ the evening rush hour.
And then, the bridge collapsed.Â Vehicles plunged into the MississippiÂ River along with tons of crumblingÂ concrete. Loved ones perished andÂ many people were injured. Did theÂ construction crew, while working onÂ the surface, know that it was unsoundÂ below? In 2005 the structural integrityÂ of the bridge was given a rating of 4 onÂ a scale of 0 to 9.
The Lord Jesus told a story about aÂ foolish man who built his house uponÂ sand (Matthew 7:24-29). The other Â person, who was wise, builtÂ his home upon a solid rockÂ foundation. The home on theÂ sand was swept away in theÂ storm. The house upon the rockÂ survived. It was structurally sound.
People live their lives concernedÂ about the â€˜aestheticsâ€™ of life – a goodÂ career, a life partner, or a goodÂ retirement plan. But what is yourÂ â€˜house of lifeâ€™ built upon? Things onÂ the surface may be maintained, butÂ is the spiritual structure of your lifeÂ unsound? Would it be given a rating ofÂ 4 on a scale of 0 to 9?
The bridge was structurally unsafeÂ below. Seconds after the tragedy, didÂ it really matter that the lanes wereÂ re-paved? When death, the greatest ofÂ all storms, crosses your path, will itÂ matter then if you have wealth, fameÂ or education? â€œWhat shall it profit aÂ man, if he shall gain the whole world, andÂ lose his own soul?â€ (Mark 8:36).
Your first priority must be to care forÂ the very foundation of your life. Sin hasÂ structurally damaged every one of us.Â If a person dies having never found theÂ Rock, which is Christ Jesus as security,Â they will perish in their sins in Hell.
The foundation that will survive theÂ storm is not a religious building, a setÂ of religious rituals or a collection ofÂ good works. The only house that willÂ stand is the one resting on the LordÂ Jesus Christ. If you are building yourÂ life upon Christ, the storms of lifeÂ will not sweep you away into eternalÂ darkness, for â€œHe only is my rock and myÂ salvationâ€ (Psalm 62:6).
Make sure you are building wiselyÂ with the footings of your life restingÂ on the Rock (1 Corinthians 10:4).
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