I’m taking the risk and taking the foundation imagery one step further!
I have seen crumbling foundations. I have seen eroding foundations; and not just on age-worn buildings. In fact, I have seen historic properties with original foundations still solid. Inferior materials, exposure to the elements, a few well-placed blows and fissures form – the foundation has been compromised. Jude felt compelled to warn the recipient of his letter to “contend for the faith” (verse 3). He warned of ungodly influence by those distorting the truth, of immorality, of strife-breeding – foundation eroders, all! In concluding his letter (verses 24-25) Jude gives glory to the One who is able to keep our foundations firm, to keep us from stumbling.
With our faith in Jesus Christ we can persevere. We can protect our foundation against inferior materials by building ourselves up in the most holy faith. The Word of Truth contains the building blocks we use against heresy. We can protect our faith foundation against exposure to the elements by partnering with the Holy Spirit in the place of prayer and in life. He is our source of power and guidance. He enables us to withstand the erosion that today’s acceptable immorality can bring to bear upon our faith foundation. The well-placed blows aimed at our foundation by strife-breeders, grumblers, nay-sayers, and fault-finders cannot stand up against the most powerful force in the universe – the love of God. Jude is right. We must “keep ourselves in God’s love (verse 21).”
Has your foundation been compromised? It happens to the best of us and the rest of us. Our world is rife with foundation eroders. I have seen crumbling foundations restored. In fact, I have hands-on, up-close experience with the restoration process – literally and spiritually. We shored up the building; we worked hard, we stayed at the task, we encouraged one another, we exercised caution when threats arose. “We” were a network of individuals who invested ourselves in restoring that which was damaged.
Oh wounded soul; your foundation is compromised. Do not despair. Shore up your soul afresh upon the Solid Rock. Stay prayerful. Encourage yourself in the Word. Find a network of believers prepared to invest themselves in restoring a wounded comrade. Do not forget to exercise caution; be vigilant, because your adversary walks about seeking to devour (1 Peter 5:8). You need not fall prey to his advances. Your foundation is a Solid Rock. Remember “when all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay.” Resist the enemy of your soul “standing firm in the faith…and the God of all grace…will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (1 Peter 5:9-10).