Resting on the Cornerstone: A Devotional on Isaiah 28:16

Resting on the Cornerstone: A Devotional on Isaiah 28:16

Have you ever felt like the ground was shifting beneath your feet? Like the things you thought were so stable and secure were suddenly starting to crumble?

Yeah, me too. It’s not a fun feeling, is it? But you know what? When I read the words of Isaiah 28:16, I find a sense of comfort and reassurance that can really help me through those times.

Unshakable Cornerstone

The verse says, “So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested and precious cornerstone, and the one who relies on it will never be put to shame.'”

Now, that’s a pretty powerful statement, isn’t it? God is essentially saying, “Hey, I’ve got something solid and secure that you can build your life on. It’s a cornerstone that will never let you down.”

The thing about a cornerstone is that it’s the foundation, the starting point, the thing that everything else rests on.

In the ancient world, builders would carefully choose the perfect cornerstone to hold up the entire structure. And that’s exactly what God is offering us – a Cornerstone that’s been tested and proven to be completely trustworthy.

Resting in Jesus

So, who is this Cornerstone that God is talking about?

Well, if you’ve been around the Bible for a while, you probably know the answer – it’s Jesus.

Jesus is the Cornerstone that God has laid for us to build our lives upon. He’s the solid, unshakable foundation that can withstand any storm or trial that comes our way.

When we put our trust in Jesus, we’re not just resting on some flimsy, man-made thing. We’re building our lives on the rock-solid reality of who He is – The Son of God, The Savior of the world, The One who has conquered sin and death.

And that means we can have a confidence and security that the world can’t shake.

Firm Foundation for Life

You know, the cool thing about this Cornerstone is that it’s not just for the “super spiritual” people. Nope, it’s for all of us who are looking for something solid to build our lives on.

Whether you’re facing a major crisis or just the everyday ups and downs of life, Jesus is there, ready to be the firm foundation that you can stand on.

When the ground feels like it’s crumbling beneath you, when the storms of life are raging all around, you can turn to the Cornerstone and find the stability and security you need.

Jesus won’t let you down or leave you hanging. He’s the One who can handle anything that comes your way, and He’s inviting you to rest in His unwavering love and power.

Choosing the Cornerstone

Take a good, hard look at where you’re building your life. Are you trying to construct your future on shaky ground, or are you anchoring yourself to the Cornerstone, Jesus Christ?

It’s a decision that will make all the difference, not just in this life, but for eternity.

Don’t settle for anything less than the security and stability that can only be found in Jesus. He’s the One who has been tested and proven, the One who will never let you down or leave you ashamed.

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The Armor of God

The Armor of God

1 Thessalonians 5:8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.”

The Bible verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:8 serves as a powerful reminder that we are children of the light, not darkness.

As such, our vigilance and preparedness for the day of the Lord are crucial. Let us explore the significance of the spiritual armor described in this verse.

Breastplate of Faith and Love

In our spiritual journey, we are called to put on the breastplate of faith and love. These two virtues serve as our protective armor:

  • Faith: Our unwavering trust in God’s promises forms the foundation. It shields our hearts from doubt and fear.
  • Love: The love we extend to others—our fellow human beings—acts as a barrier against the attacks of the evil one. Love binds us together and guards our souls.

Helmet of Salvation

The Helmet of Salvation is a vital piece of our spiritual armor. It symbolizes the assurance of our salvation through Christ:

  • Secure Salvation: Just as a helmet guards the head, our salvation is secure. We hold onto the hope of eternal life, knowing that Christ’s sacrifice has redeemed us.
  • Protection for Our Minds: The helmet shields our minds from the enemy’s lies and deceptions. We stand firm, knowing our identity as redeemed children of God.

Call to Action

1 Thessalonians 5:8 is not merely a passive reminder; it’s a call to action:

  • Vigilance: Remain watchful, knowing that the day of the Lord approaches.
  • Spiritual Armor: You must intentionally put on the full armor of God—faith, love, and salvation—to protect yourself from the evil one.
  • Living as Lights: As a child of the light, your life should reflect God’s love and truth; be a beacon in a world often shrouded in darkness.

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Facing Fear with Faith

Facing Fear with Faith

Call to Courage

“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.” Luke 12:4-5 (NIV)

In these verses, Jesus addresses the very real fears that his disciples faced, encouraging them to have courage in the face of danger and even death.

Perspective Shift

Fear is a natural human response, but Jesus challenges us to shift our perspective.

Instead of fearing those who can only harm the body, we are called to fear God, who has authority over our eternal destiny.

Basis of True Courage

This may seem counterintuitive at first, but when we understand God’s character as a loving Father, this fear becomes the foundation for true courage.

We can face earthly threats with boldness, knowing that our lives are in the hands of a God who loves us deeply and desires our ultimate good.

Promise of Protection

Moreover, Jesus assures us that even in the face of physical harm or death, our lives are not ultimately at risk.

God’s protection extends beyond this life, and we can trust that He will keep us safe in His care, both now and for eternity.

As we confront the fears and challenges of this world, cling to the courage that comes from knowing and trusting in our Heavenly Father.

With His strength and protection, we can face even the most daunting circumstances with faith and boldness.

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I continue to marvel over the amazing portion of the Bible we often refer to as the “Sermon on the Mount.” We find it in Matthew 5-7 and it contains the “nuts and bolts” of life in Christ. If you have not read this recently, take a few moments to carefully read is again; you will be glad you did!

At the conclusion of this “sermon”, Jesus shares one last illustration to drive home a very important point; let’s listen in . . .

Matthew 7:24-29

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”

When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

We vividly recall seeing the devastation left behind after powerful hurricanes reach landfall; the images displayed on our TV  screens reveal the power and ferocity of these storms.

While looking at the devastation, one wonders why there will be dozens of homes swept away, but invariably several withstood the howling storm, and survived. Could it be that those who had taken the time to build a super solid foundation were the ones to remain? I think it had a great deal to do with it!

Jesus is telling His listeners, you and I, that if we hear His words, and put them into practice, then we would be like a wise builder, who set His house on a solid foundation. When the screaming storms of life come, and they will, our house will stand, and not fall.

He then lets us know, that if we hear these words of His, and do nothing with them, then our foundation will be weak and vulnerable, and when storms come, the destruction of our house will be utterly complete!

I can imagine two home-builders on the Gulf of Mexico. One person is spending extra time and money to sink down concrete pylons an extra 6 feet deep; it is costly and time consuming.

Another person, wanting to move in before the summer gets in full swing, decides to cut corners to save time and money; he forgoes the deep foundations suggested, and installs just the bare minimum.

Sure enough, the person building his home scrimping and cutting corners, is sitting on the deck enjoying the warm breezes, sipping iced tea, and getting a good tan, while the other guy is still building. Finally, the builder who took the extra time completes his home, and starts to enjoy what is left of the summer.

The fall hurricane season is coming, and the waters are churning, evacuations are given, and both homeowners have to leave. The storm rages, and finally the floodwaters recede. As the two owners head back to assess the damage, there is only one home remaining; the other is nowhere to be seen. In the end, it was definitely worth the extra time and effort, to build well!

In the passage from Matthew, Jesus was essentially telling us how to build our “spiritual house.” He shows us how to lay a firm foundation; a foundation that will remain when the storms of life beat against it! There will be storms, and some of those storms will be fierce!

When building a spiritual foundation, we need to start somewhere; Jesus started the whole “Sermon on the Mount” with this statement:

Matthew 5:3

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

The beginning point in our foundation building process, is to recognize our spiritual need; our own spiritual poverty. Unless we come to terms with this, we will never be able to build any lasting spiritual structure. The acknowledgment of our spiritual need is vital.

The proud-hearted man or woman, who relies on their own intelligence, and abilities, will never have a lasting spiritual foundation. Many individuals see faith in God as a weakness, coming up with all kinds of reasons to avoid God.

The Bible is very clear regarding these kinds of folks:

Romans 1:18-22

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools. . .”

At one point in my own life, I was one of those people mentioned in this Scripture. I thought science held the key, that faith in an unseen god was weakness, and people of faith were simply ignorant. I was a subscriber to secular magazines like “Cosmos” and was a firm believer in Carl Sagan’s “billions and billions of years.”

After years of immersion in secular scientific thought, I could not reconcile how the intricacies of space and biology could have “just happened.” It was stunning to think that all of this incredible creation could have just fallen into place by random chance.

I became disillusioned with the scientific community because they seemed like they were grasping at straws. They had no real answers, just theories, and tall tales that were even more incredible to grasp and believe than the story that God put forward in His Word!

Like many others, I needed to come to the end of myself, the end of my intellect, and to the realization that I am at a loss, a big loss, to understand the principles of this incredible world in which I live. There MUST BE A GOD, and I MUST KNOW HIM!

Therefore, the starting point for every spiritual journey is the recognition that you are spiritually poor; and Jesus said, this was a good thing!

The recognition of this spiritual poverty causes you to hit “rock bottom” which is a very good place to begin to build!

How deep is your foundation?

I hear there is a storm brewing; be sure your anchor points are going to hold!

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