Bridge collapsed!

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“What’s going on here? Why is my car behaving this way?” Instantly the traffic ahead veered out of control as the concrete broke up and disappeared. Those few fleeting seconds of disbelief must have been horrifying.

Every day approximately 140,000 vehicles drove over the Interstate 35W Bridge between Minneapolis and St. Paul. Construction crews were on the bridge re-decking two of the eight lanes. Buses, trucks, cars, vans and motorcycles were passing over. It was the evening rush hour.

And then, the bridge collapsed. Vehicles plunged into the Mississippi River along with tons of crumbling concrete. Loved ones perished and many people were injured. Did the construction crew, while working on the surface, know that it was unsound below? In 2005 the structural integrity of the bridge was given a rating of 4 on a scale of 0 to 9.

The Lord Jesus told a story about a foolish man who built his house upon sand (Matthew 7:24-29). The other  person, who was wise, built his home upon a solid rock foundation. The home on the sand was swept away in the storm. The house upon the rock survived. It was structurally sound.

People live their lives concerned about the ‘aesthetics’ of life – a good career, a life partner, or a good retirement plan. But what is your ‘house of life’ built upon? Things on the surface may be maintained, but is the spiritual structure of your life unsound? Would it be given a rating of 4 on a scale of 0 to 9?

The bridge was structurally unsafe below. Seconds after the tragedy, did it really matter that the lanes were re-paved? When death, the greatest of all storms, crosses your path, will it matter then if you have wealth, fame or education? “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).

Your first priority must be to care for the very foundation of your life. Sin has structurally damaged every one of us. If a person dies having never found the Rock, which is Christ Jesus as security, they will perish in their sins in Hell.

The foundation that will survive the storm is not a religious building, a set of religious rituals or a collection of good works. The only house that will stand is the one resting on the Lord Jesus Christ. If you are building your life upon Christ, the storms of life will not sweep you away into eternal darkness, for “He only is my rock and my salvation” (Psalm 62:6).

Make sure you are building wisely with the footings of your life resting on the Rock (1 Corinthians 10:4).

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