The wind storm experienced in Toronto on Tuesday vividly illustrated the importance of having a solid foundation. Late in the afternoon, around the time of the rush hour, a light standard tumbled from the McCowan Road bridge onto Highway 401. When city workers came to inspect the damage, they discovered that not only had one fallen, but others were quite loose on their moorings, mostly due to corrosion.
When street lights are properly anchored, even the strongest winds can be withstood. But, thanks mostly to the liberal use of road salt on Toronto streets, the foundations of these poles have been compromised. Thankfully, there was only one destroyed, and no one injured as a result.
The apostle Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus about discovering our spiritual gifts and developing into mature believers: “Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth” (Ephesians 4.14, NLT). It’s so easy for us to be blowin’ in the wind. But God’s will for us is that we stand firm in even the stiffest of breezes.
As I observe society today, I see varying degrees of spiritual maturity. I must admit, though, that I often see demonstrated an alarming lack of spiritual maturity among church-going people. The reason for this, I believe, is an ignorance of the Scriptures. If we read the Bible, we can learn God’s will; indeed, there is no other way to learn God’s will than to read the Bible. That’s why it is of vital importance for church leaders to teach the Scriptures. When the pulpit ignores the Word, so does the church. And when the church ignores the Word, its foundations are compromised – whether it chooses to acknowledge this or not.
It might not be trendy to take the Scripture seriously. It certainly isn’t politically correct to do so. But if people who claim to follow Jesus don’t take it seriously – from Genesis to Revelation – we’ll find the church blowin’ in the wind – and I don’t mean the wind of the Spirit.
Jesus said, “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock” (Matthew 7.24-25, NLT).
How’s your faith in the midst of the storm? You know what to do.