Last weekend I spoke at a women's conference where construction was the theme and my particular message was on foundations. This probably explains all of my past few blogs "Decay...," "Cracks...," and "Instability...." They probably were the results of my studying for this message or were the inspiration. How would I know. It always kind of like that. It seems like the Lord reveals things to me and keeps having them pop up throughout my days so I really get it. So, foundation. I have read all kinds of interesting facts on types of foundation and requirements of foundations and how to lay them. I have learned that even a ¼” of shifting in a foundation and a structure starts having major problems. Doors and windows start to stick, stucco cracks, brick joints separate, and floors sag and slope. Builders know that they need to lay a foundation that will anchor their structure (building) throughout weather changes like drought, earthquakes, excessive raining, typhoon winds and freezing. It will also need to withstand the load it will bear whether a family of 5 or the thousands of people a day that move in and out of skyscrapers each day. Finally and ultimately the building will need to stand the test of time. Knowing these things about earthly building helps me to visualize my spiritual foundation. Isaiah 33:6 says, "He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure."
This sounds lovely but I always get stuck on that word fear. What the heck does that mean? To fear the Lord? Websters Dictionary says to fear the Lord is to have reverential awe of Him and reverence is to have a feeling or attitude of deep respect. So we are to have attitudes and feelings of deep respect towards the Lord. How can we do this when the world has exchanged the reasons for respect from being correct behavior or character like being honorable, trustworthy, faithful, truthful, hardworking, giving, loving, etc., to the way a person dresses, how much money they make, how fit their body shape is, how much they are photographed, and who they are friends with. They have mistaken popularity for respect and have become consumed with being star struck by someone famous and forgotten what it is like to be in awe of something that is purely good.
Gallup produced a poll for the most admired people of the entire 20th century and Billy Graham was #7 just under others like Martin Luther King Jr. and Mother Theresa. Also by 1993 more than 2.5 million people came forward to receive Christ at his crusades. Did you know that as of 2008 his lifetime radio and tv audience topped 2.2 billion people? He is also one of the few Americans including the current president who can be delivered mail that simply reads his name and the country. That means you can address an envelope- “Billy Graham, America" and it will get to his mailbox.
The respect and awe many of us have for a person like Billy Graham is just a taste, a tiny little inkling of the feeling or attitude of deep respect we should have for the Lord and that is what Isaiah 33:6 is calling "the fear of the Lord." I can grasp that. I look again at the verse:
Isaiah 33:6-"He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure."
If I can fear the Lord then I have the key to the treasure of His foundation. So whats next?
Luke 14:27-30-“27 And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 28 Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? 29 For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, 30 saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'”
This means that I can't just stop at receiving my salvation. I must become a disciple or else I am like the man who laid only a foundation and didn't build any structure on top of it.
There is a skyscraper in Malaysia that has a foundation that is 394 feet into the ground. That is 39 floors deep! Whats even more amazing is that it is a foundation that supports 2 buildings both 1500 feet tall called the Petronas Towers. These buildings were the worlds tallest buildings up until 2004 but still currently have the record for the deepest foundation. Just laying the foundation for these towers took 12 months. I want to be a disciple of the Lord who is constantly learning more about Him and digging deeper and deeper for that foundation that He is. I want to see that I have a 39 floor deep foundation that He can then use to build a skyscraper off of. Imagine if we all invested into our relationships with the Lord to the point where we had the foundations possible of anchoring skyscrapers? Our cities would turn into spiritual Manhattans with buildings that stood out and brought glory to the Lord. Buildings that the world could see from a distance and run too in trouble. Buildings that stay standing throughout the storms of life.
I want to be a Skyscraper but only because I have His strong foundation.