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.

Isaiah 33:6

Have you ever watched precious, chubby babies try to walk for the first time? It’s hilarious. Their feet are disproportionately small for their thigh rolls, and their steps are uncertain and nearly drunken. Often, their string of steps ends with a face plant and a goose egg. They have a shaky foundation. Foundations aren’t glamorous. Southern Living rarely highlights the beauty and ornate artisanship of a home’s foundation.

In order to lay a foundation, builders must dig. Even in work as delicate as gardening, a seed cannot be planted or thrive without the gardener digging out ground to nestle the seed inside, planting its foundation. If we invite Jesus to aid and oversee the dirty work, real progress can be made to clear out our junk. Twice in Isaiah, God is described as being a cornerstone and a sure foundation. “A tested stone, a precious cornerstone,” and “a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge.”

The craftsmanship and intricate design work that can take place when there is no doubt in the solidity of a strong foundation is endless, and the Lord delights in creating, designing, and adorning His children with the hand of His work. Let’s pray that we not fear the dirt and that we not shy away from the digging process but that we allow the Lord to do the work and lay a foundation and string of steps that are strong, sure and secure.

Today's Prayer: Lord, I thank you for your goodness and intentionality. I thank you that YOU are our foundation. You are the architect of my soul. Lord, we know that to lay your foundation, you have to dig up pieces of brokenness within us. May I not fear the dirt that you dig up in me and may I give you the space to do your best work to lay a foundation that is strong, sure, and secure. I give you the glory. Amen!

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