'Be on your guard!' Acts 20:31 NIV
It's a dream for many to have a multi-million-dollar beachfront home on a stretch of pristine beach. But when the bad weather hits, these houses are at risk of being dragged into the ocean. You see, when the foundation crumbles, even the fanciest houses fall.
Thank God that the foundation we have in him can't be shaken... or can it? These days there's no shortage of easily accessible Christian teaching - in books, on TV, online, on podcasts. But, in all this choice, not all the teaching is sound! In this busy world, sometimes we might quickly read or watch a sermon or just take in a snippet of a truth. In our rush, our God compass could easily veer off course and compromise our faith foundation.
In the Bible, a group called the Bereans took time and used their heads when it came to building their faith. 'They received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true' (Acts 17:11 NIV). Even the great leader Paul's words were checked against what Scripture actually said! Like the Bereans, don't take everything you hear taught at face value. Take your time to make sure it's based on what God says.
So what now? Always ask God to help you discern his truth. Paul did warn us that '...men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard!' (Acts 20:30-31 NIV). Take time to protect your foundation.
Soulfood: Job 32-34, Luke 2:41-52, Ps 139:13-24, Ecc 11:4-6