as it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” Romans 9:33
In Isaiah 28:16 we read, “therefore thus says the Lord GOD, ‘Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.'” Jesus is the stone that has been laid. Those who trust in him will find a sure foundation and will stand firm. Those who reject Christ will not be able to stand firmly but will stumble and fall.
While in Japan, the shifting ground beneath our feet was a common place. Japan is known for its reoccurring earthquakes. It is the most unusual feeling when the ground beneath your feet begins to shift. It is often a wave of shifting rock that easily knocks you off balance. It is during the earthquake that you get a sense of insecurity and you quickly come to the realization that not even the ground beneath your feet can be trusted.
As the old hymn states: “On Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand…” We will never find a firm foundation outside of Christ, it will always be shifting sand. We will stumble and fall due to the uncertainty of the ground we stand on. This ground often is built upon a foundation of self righteousness and/or the shifting culture we live in. Let us stand with confidence on Jesus Christ, our rock. In him we will never stumble or fall.
Lord, may we stand securely on the foundation of Christ. While all else is unsure, we know we can stand strong and secure in the life of Jesus Christ.