I Corinthians 3:12-13 “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.”

The crew responsible for moving the hangars at Edwards Air Force Base in 1955 (see the previous three posts) was fortunate to avoid any major crises during the five-week moving process.  Even the strong winds of the Mojave Desert did not exceed their predictably high pace during the transition.  If the moving crews had faced anything stronger than the usual, they may have been a part of a stupefying failure instead of a spectacular success.

The true demonstration of the strength of a foundation is not during nominal periods.  Instead, a stable foundation is truly revealed when faced with challenging conditions.  A good foundation will withstand the rain as it descends, the floods as they come, and the winds as they blow.  During the fiery tests of refinement, the firm foundations of gold, silver, and precious stones will remain while the feeble foundations of wood, hay, and stubble will be consumed.  Indeed, it is dangerous to assume the foundation is stable just because it is reliable in the good times.  It must be reliable in the bad times as well.  When the bad times come though, it is too late to build upon the right foundation.  You must already be there.  PLEASE PRAY THAT AMERICANS WOULD URGENTLY REAFFIX OUR NATION UPON THE FIRM FOUNDATION OF CHRIST.  If not, the next crisis may make manifest our weakness to the point that we will be consumed because of it.