Foundation Values Are Real

It has been said that nothing lasts forever.

Ruins in Israel

While the concept is true, as you look over the millennium of time one can see that everything we have built has eventually crumpled. Nothing left but ruins. Archaeologists, like every other category of science, looks to the ancient ruins to determine what life was like, you know, “…back then…”.  Science even looks to places we have never been to determine the building blocks of the earth. They use equipment with names like Hubble, probes, the International Space Station and a host of other methods to determine the structure and makeup of the worlds beyond us, hoping to shed light on our own creation.

But let’s bring that back a little closer to home for a moment.

Smaller than the naked eye can see are those phenomenal building blocks of life that are the foundation of everything we experience on a daily basis. We  use words like cells, molecules, electrons, protons, nucleus, and even DNA, to describe the components that make up everything, whether living or not.

Little do we see with the naked eye! Everything that makes up everything is smaller than is visible with a simple microscope. We build more intricate tools to dig deeper and deeper. The deeper we go, the bigger the price tag for the equipment required.

But all we find are more foundation building blocks. It makes one wonder… If we keep digging deeper will we continue to find the same kind of results? And, will it really matter?

Our planet shakes itself every so often, and we call them earthquakes. The existence of our life rattles around, foundations crack and fail, buildings topple, tsunamis, floods, slides, and many suffer calamity.

This brings me to a thought for my day.

Foundations can be shaken, and even Jesus describes the time when even the “…powers of the heavens will be shaken…” (Matthew 24:29, Mark 13:25, Luke 21:26). If our foundation can be shaken, the day will come when it will undergo that very test. Will it survive?

This application can be spiritual, or natural. Apply it to our country and home, or far away lands. Compare our structure to the others, here and somewhere in the past, have we sufficiently built to continue to last? Or will everything eventually crumble and fall?

How quickly will this happen?

There is a Doomsday Clock that was created shortly after WWII by the various scientists that worked on the Manhattan Project, the code name used in creating the atomic bomb. It resides in Chicago. The newsletter/bulletin that publishes how close we are to global disaster, deals not only with nuclear fears, but also has included climate change.

The Bulletin’s clock is not a gauge to register the ups and downs of the international power struggle; it is intended to reflect basic changes in the level of continuous danger in which mankind lives in the nuclear age…Click Here

Even two thousand years ago, the instruction from Jesus warns us of some future time when we need to look for that redemption, even that final redemption!  After describing the times, he simply states:

Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near. (Luke 21:28 NKJV)

The past few days have made me analyze our present age. We struggle with the changes that are happening, and we see cracks in the foundation of living all around us. It happens not only in the war zone, but also in the more peaceful areas. We peer into others lives and see their problems, but are often blind to our own situation. Deeper we dig into the unsustainable not realizing the weakening of the structure.

How can we not see the picture of where we are? Blind? Maybe, but definitely moving closer and closer to the darkness!

Apostle Paul picks up the theme of Jesus as he warns the church that the Lord returns as a thief under the cover of night.

But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. (1 Thessalonians 5:1-8 NKJV)

“But you are not in darkness…” are words of hope and admonishment. Hope that we can see the time is getting close and we our understanding kicks in to ensure our feet are firmly planted on the Rock. Admonishing us to not get so caught up in the times that we lose sight of our final destination.

Perhaps this is the message someone needs to hear today. Do not lose sight your hope. Keep your eyes fixed ahead. Shaking will come. You can be prepared!