October 31, 2023

A Firm Foundation

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“You are no longer foreigners and strangers, but … members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole building … grows into a holy temple in the Lord.”—Ephesians 2:19–21 CSB

“How Firm a Foundation” has been a favorite hymn of soldiers and presidents, ordinary men and women, and people at every level of society—all moved by the message of faith reminding them to depend on Jesus. It is not even clear who wrote this hymn, but it emerged in 1787 from a church in London, published in a hymnal by John Rippon, but written by a man known only as K.

The message is foundational, referencing the picture of a solid building to help us understand the role Jesus plays in our lives. The Bible describes how He holds everything together, and the promises in Scripture are the truths that inspired this great hymn of the church.

It reminds us that Jesus provides a firm foundation for our lives. It’s a reminder that we can flee to Him for refuge. We are reminded of His promise that He is with us, and we don’t need to be dismayed, for He will strengthen and help us and enable us to stand in any situation.

He is with us when we go through deep waters. We may go through the flames, but He will be with us, shielding us. The fire itself will only serve to refine us. We can be sure He will not desert us or forsake us.

Through the situations you face, make sure you depend on Jesus. Live by faith in Him.

Reflection Question: How is Jesus the firm foundation for your life?

Prayer
Father, I trust in You. You are the foundation of my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Ephesians 2

Prayer
Father, I trust in You. You are the foundation of my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Ephesians 2