Build On A Good Foundation
  By Lois J. Stucky

    One of John Wesley’s wise observations shortly before he left the earthly realm for the heavenly after many years of unwavering service to God, was this: "How necessary it is for everyone to be on the right foundation!" In the last hours of one’s earthly life, assurance of having built a life on the right foundation would be of greatest comfort.

    Jesus gave the essential instruction about laying a good foundation. Recall what He said in Luke 6:46-49 – "Whosoever cometh to Me, and heareth My sayings, and doeth them...is like a man which built a house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock."

    Building a life on the right foundation – which is knowing and obeying God’s Word – is essential in every generation, but it seems of extreme importance in this late hour in which we live. We can take warning from the crumbling going on around us, including human lives, crumbling because built on sand rather than on the rock of God’s Word.

    Jesus also had an important word to those who begin to lay a good foundation but do not follow on to finish it. (See Luke 14:27-30.) It is possible to hear the Word of God and start on the road of obedience to the Word, but when it comes to following on and finding the cost becoming greater, there is a slacking off. Encountering the requirements of true discipleship cools off the ardor with which the start was made.

    We do well to take stock of ourselves. How am I doing? Around us there is a lowering of the standards of truth in God’s Word, and even a deliberate allowing or advocating of that which is contrary to God’s Word. This leads to more conformity to the world, more catering to a life lived after the desires of the flesh rather than walking in the Spirit.

    Jesus further seriously counsels us to "take heed [keep a watch on yourselves] …lest at any time your hearts be overcharged [loaded down] with…cares of this life…" (Luke 21:34). This too diverts us from building on the good foundation. The devil is active and the flesh is weak and gives way. We easily get distracted from the best, even from that which the Spirit puts on our hearts to do, because other interests and concerns, maybe anxieties, grab our attention and leave us no time for our best efforts.

    Oh, how much we need the Lord to help us through the maze of these last perilous days! The greatest safeguard and inspiration to keep us pressing upward and forward seems to be more love to God in our hearts and lives, and that comes through more fullness of the Holy Spirit and more obedience to His direction in our lives. The love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 5:5) will put within us more heart, more joy, more peace, more zeal, more readiness for when the trumpet sounds the return of our Lord!

    Let us pray for one another and for the church worldwide that our devotion to the Lord will be that which satisfies His heart and draws Him down to catch His bride away! Let us read daily the sanctifying Word of God and build our lives upon it by putting it into practice.

    Please keep Herald of His Coming in your prayers. We are grateful for all who send supporting gifts and uphold in prayer. God has provided through you so that each of the recent months the Herald papers destined for overseas as well as the homeland have gone into the mail promptly. As Martin Luther is quoted as saying, "The heart of the giver makes the gift dear and precious." A heart filled with loving gratitude for blessings received and a keen desire to share that blessing makes glad the heart of God and He multiplies the fruitfulness which only His glorious power can give. Thank you and God bless you for your continued faithfulness!