When the builders had laid the foundation of the Lord’s temple, the priests, dressed in their robes and holding trumpets, and the Levites descended from Asaph, holding cymbals, took their positions to praise the Lord, as King David of Israel had instructed. Ezra 3:10 HCSB
On July 17, 1981, two suspended walkways through the lobby of the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City, Missouri collapsed, killing 114 people at a tea dance. The collapse was due to a late change in design, altering the method in which the rods supporting the walkways were connected to them, and inadvertently doubling the forces on the connection. This illustrates the importance of a proper design, foundation, and construction.
The foundation of the temple was vital to the construction of the building. If the foundation was not strong enough and properly built to support the weight of the walls, it would collapse. The same is true in our lives. We must have a strong foundation in Jesus Christ. Without a strong foundation, our spiritual lives will collapse in ruin. A strong foundation is built through faith, trust, and spending time in God’s Word and in prayer each day.
Interestingly, the people began the rebuilding of the temple before they began to rebuild the walls of the city which would protect them from the attack of other nations. The people realized that no matter how strong the city walls might be, without God they were defenseless. The most important thing was to put God first in their lives and have a right relationship with Him. He would be their Protector and Provider.
Challenge: How is your spiritual foundation? Is it about to collapse? God is the Master designer and wants to help you make the right connections so you can build a strong foundation of faith and trust.