Anyway, Connor is sitting in front of me building something right now. He said he is using the big pieces for the bottom. I said that's good...it'll have a strong foundation. Use the big ones instead of the little ones so your house isn't wobbly.
Sounds simple enough, except that every verse having to do with a firm foundation came flying into my head. (Get to know the Word, friends, and you never know where it will turn up, even in a pile of Legos.) I started to think about the firm foundation of big pieces that God has for us to stand on, compared to all the little pieces that the world has.
This isn't just toy-box logic, either. The enemy of our souls would love for us to build our foundation on lies, on little pieces of half-truths. He would love for us to use the size of our checkbooks, houses, and bras to tell us how we should feel about ourselves. He would enjoy it if we all subscribed to the gospel according to Oprah, Dr. Phil, or whoever the flavor of the day is. He thrives on keeping us confused as to our real identity, who Christ created us to be.
The problem with using the little pieces to build your foundation is that it is shifty. Our checkbooks, houses, and bra sizes change. The talk shows go off the air. And, if we are the sum of who we think we are, where is the stability? If one day I wake up and feel good about myself, and the next day not so good, which one is right? We can't be our own measure of truth.
God's Word provides us with the big pieces to make our foundation strong.
- I know who I am. I am God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which He has prepared in advance for me to do (Ephesians 2:10).
- I know there is a plan. God has a plan for me, a plan not to harm me, but to prosper me, to give me a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
- I know I am loved, because God gave His only Son for me, that I might have eternal life through Him and with Him (John 3:16).
- I know I am a sinner, someone who acts contrary to what God would want for me, but that when I confess those sins and turn away, God is faithful to forgive me and clean me up, making me look more like Him (1 John 1:9).
- I know my life won't be perfect and painless, but God will use it all, good and bad, for His glory (Romans 8:28).
- I know that He knows me, that He formed me, that He called me by name, and that He has redeemed me, and that I have nothing to be afraid of (Isaiah 43:1)
I bet you didn't know that all that wisdom was laying in a box of Legos.