Daily Devotional

October 15, 2016

Laying Up a Good Foundation

Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. – 1 Timothy 6:19

The horn on our car had recently stopped working, so we took our vehicle to the shop. After having the horn repaired, we talked to the mechanic about some other maintenance work that needed to be done, and then I asked him to check our brakes. To my chagrin, our brakes were, for all practical purposes, totally gone! I asked how far I could drive with the brakes in that condition and he answered, “Around the block.” Needless to say, I had the brakes fixed.

The next evening, as I was driving home at twilight, a man stepped out of the darkness right in front of my car. I almost stood the car on its nose to avoid hitting him! I immediately thanked the Lord that He had guided me to have those new brakes put on my vehicle. The brakes were a “good foundation” against the time to come when a man would step in front of my car.

“Laying up a good foundation” means making wise preparations, and our focus verse advises us to do just that in anticipation of eternity. The Apostle Paul was saying that the riches of this world may bring security for a time, but our efforts are better spent securing a place in Heaven. Paul also gave some specific ways we can do this: be rich in good works and ready to share what we have. By doing these things, we will have no trouble when eternity comes—and it could come to any one of us just as suddenly as that man came in front of my car. But if we have laid a good foundation, we will be ready for it.

Jesus said, “Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock” (Matthew 7:24). The winds of adversity may blow, floods of all kinds can engulf, and troubles might rain down, but the house of the wise will stand. The treasures we store up in Heaven cannot be touched by the trials we experience in this life.

God has provided the only reliable foundation against the times to come; it is up to us to prepare, and in so doing, lay hold on eternal life.