Have you ever been presented with news that made you exclaim “WHAT!” “What in the world happened?” “What, are you kidding me!” Sometimes news that produces such a reaction is absolutely mind boggling.
Just recently a man in Tampa, Florida, was woken up by the screams of his brother. He quickly ran to his bedroom and upon opening the door, discovered a huge sinkhole had materialized right under his brother’s bedroom sucking his brother down into the depths of the earth. His body at this hour has not been recovered. How awful and how frightening, to wake up to a deep dark hole ready to engulf you. What could cause such a terrifying event?
There are several circumstances that can lead to a sinkhole. One is the disturbance of sub-surface soil. “When sub-surface rocks develop a void because of erosion, surface soil gradually seeps down to fill the cavity. As this occurs, the cavernous hole moves upwards until it is very near to the surface,resulting in a collapse and subsequent sinkhole.”
Unfortunately, life is full of sinkholes, and if a person is not careful, they can find themselves being swallowed alive spiritually. Living one’s life on ground that is unstable creates the conditions for a possible collapse, and when the conditions have reach a tipping point, life implodes inward leading to a spiritual collapse. Then the awful exclamation “WHAT!” is heard.
These sinkholes can come in the form of financial woes, relationship issues, job problems, addictions, feelings of unworthiness, bitterness of the past, or pent up anger. It really depends on the ground on which you are standing. The foundation makes a difference and what is seeping in can create the erosion of the worst kind: erosion of the soul. Such erosion can be subtle and ambiguous in creating a covert operation to overtake and subdue your will for God. Faith then evaporates.
Standing alone on unstable ground is a recipe for a devastating sinkhole to open up and swallow a person’s whole heart, soul, and spirit. One of the ways to prevent a spiritual sinkhole is to be standing on ground that the Lord has designed for our safety. Just “me, myself and I” ground is sinking sand. The life we live must be built on Holy ground. I am reminded of when Moses was standing before the Lord.
Exodus 3: 4-5 “When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” 5“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”
Moses was told he was standing of Holy ground; ground that was before the Lord. The Lord explained to him he needed to go to Egypt and help the Israelites. The Israelites had found themselves in a massive sinkhole at the hands of the Egyptians, and they needed deliverance. However, 40 years prior to that Moses had attempted to help the Israelites, but they rejected him. Acts 7:25 Perhaps it was because his first attempt was on the wrong ground, his ground. However, later we learn that the Lord was with him, giving him strength, guidance, and the power to lead them to safety, which he did with the power of God. Exodus 14:13.
Ephesian 2:19-21 “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.”
Building one’s life on the Christ, the cornerstone, is also building on Holy ground. This kind of foundation is not built on a life full of sinkholes, but on His words and teachings. Jesus gave us some tremendous advice about how we should live our lives . He said that if you want to be a wise person, live and do what I say.
Matthew 7:24-27 24“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”
Do you want to avoid the sinkholes of life? Do you want to be able to overcome a potential sinkhole in your life? Jesus says “everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock”. Being on Holy ground means building on Christ the Rock, and if we do so, we are deemed a wise person.
Instead of someone saying “WHAT!” in an exclamation of sympathy due to our demise, let’s hear “WHAT power, WHAT strength, WHAT joy!” because our lives show that we have built our souls on the ROCK, Jesus.
Are you in a sinkhole right now and feeling you are about ready to be swallowed whole? Has the erosion of bad decisions, hardships, and unforeseen pitfalls eroded your soul?
Psalm 28:1 Of David. To you I call, O LORD my Rock; do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who have gone down to the pit.”