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A strong foundation

The tallest, most impressive building can be worthless if it is not anchored on bedrock, shares Foursquare President Glenn Burris Jr.

Glenn Burris Jr.
Glenn Burris Jr.

At a staggering 58 stories high, the Millennium Tower, completed in 2008, is the sixth tallest skyscraper in San Francisco. The condominium units sold at some of the highest prices ever recorded.

However, during construction, the building was anchored into 80 feet of packed sand, rather than the bedrock foundation some 200 feet below. As a result, Millennium Tower has sunk at least 18 inches and is now leaning 14 inches, causing safety concerns and physical problems. Some units have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in value.

There is a lot of blame going around. Architects, engineers, city inspectors—there is disagreement on who should be held responsible. The building still needs to be anchored into that bedrock foundation—at a lofty price. Who should pay?

Jesus once shared a similar story (Matt. 7:24-27). Building a house on rock will save you tremendous heartache and expense later. God’s Word and promises are like that bedrock. Man’s word, opinion and the current culture are all like packed sand. Though it may be easier to build on sand, the outcome is shaky, costly and unreliable.

Submit to God when there are shaky foundations in your life, and remember the house that did not fall because it was founded on the rock.

Reflect + Pray

1. Ask the Holy Spirit to make obvious ways in which you may unknowingly be building on sand. Ask Him to be the bedrock to which you are anchored.

2. Praise God for His presence and guidance as He walks with us, guiding our steps and securing our foundation.

3. Pray for the Foursquare Cabinet as it convenes this week to prayerfully select the candidates for our election ballot this May.

4. Please lift up the prayer requests of Foursquare Missions International staff and area missionaries. Download the monthly prayer guide here.

Share your thoughts. See comments below, and add your own.

is president of The Foursquare Church.
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