Well, we’ve always wanted to know, so when we saw this question recently in our newspaper, we read the article to find out. The so-called Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy, is actually the bell tower of the Cathedral of Pisa. Shaped like a cylinder, the tower is made of white marble and has eight arcades one over the other. The center of the tower is hollow, and there is a spiral staircase by which one can climb to the top of the tower.
Begun in 1274, the tower began to lean right from the start of construction as the ground underneath began to sink. The fact that it was not rising vertically was discovered during construction.
We are told that the leaning of the tower has increased slowly but steadily over the centuries. Today its deviation from the vertical is more than 14 feet.
In spite of many efforts to stop the leaning, nothing has yet worked. Experts say that the tower really cannot now be straightened without it toppling over in the opposite direction. It’s anyone’s guess as to how long the tower will remain standing.
It would have been wiser for the builders to have strengthened the foundations at the time they first noticed the leaning, but such action was not taken.
Life is in many ways like a building. For life there must be an adequate foundation. The Lord Jesus spoke of the foolish man who built his house on the sand, and when the storms came, his house collapsed. Jesus spoke, too, of the wise man who built his house on the rock, and when the tempest blew, his house remained safe and sound. Jesus made it clear that the true rock on which to build is Jesus and His own teaching. Other teachings are like sand and do not proved a sufficient foundation for life.
We need not wonder, then, when a life begins to lean over precariously. The chances are, it has been built upon sand.
Say, is it not time you checked the foundation of your own life?”
The Prairie Overcomer
Jesus, the Cornerstone,
the Sure Foundation
Is. 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation : he that believeth shall not make haste. 17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
I Cor. 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are. 18 Let no man deceive himself.
At our former house on 308 Crescent St. in Laurens, there was a stump under one corner of the foundation. For years nothing ever happened, but one day the brick began to show cracks in the mortar joints. Later, much later, a contractor, Martin Starnes, dug out that settling part of the foundation. The stump had rotted and the footer settled. The house at that point was built on a bad foundation. Friends, it only takes one spot of weakness to show the stress of life without Christ. Why not build on the sure foundation of Jesus Christ? “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Start the New Year on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ.