A giant sinkhole opened up in Schmalkalden, Germany, about 98 feet across and about 65 feet deep that swallowed a car, part of a garage and house. Yet, it was small compared to the sinkhole that opened up in Guatemala City in 2007. Reportedly, residents heard rumblings for weeks but no one knew why. In one day, almost instantly, a perfectly round plot of earth disappeared and left a hole more than thirty stories deep!
Experts suppose that sinkholes appear because of the movement of earth beneath what we see everyday. The problem can be caused by the movement of water, flooding or changing weather patterns. Sinkholes occur when there is literally no ground under the ground, and everything pays the price for the lack of foundation, especially what’s on the surface.
There are some Christians who are like those sinkholes; they have no foundation under the surface. When circumstances are right, their lives “cave in” and cause damages that no one would have believed or expected. Spiritual sinkholes occur because of lack of knowledge in the word of God (Heb. 5:12-14). Spiritual sinkholes occur when someone fails to act on their faith (cf. Matt. 7:24-27; 2 Pet. 1:5-11).
How does a person guard against erosion of their faith? Second Peter 1:5-7 teaches that the guard is a solid foundation of faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. “These things” repeated in verse 8, verse 9, verse 10, verse 12, and verse 15 are the surest way to solidify the foundation of faith. The promise is that one who “abounds in these things” will not be “unfruitful” or “barren,” “shortsighted,” and “will never stumble.”
Spiritual sinkholes can be avoided if there is more examination of self and examination of faith (Phil. 2:12; 2 Cor. 13:5)! Are our lives vulnerable to spiritual sinkholes brought about by lack of a firm foundation? We would all do well to thoughtfully and prayerfully make sure that we are building only on the solid foundation of Jesus Christ and His word (Matt. 7:24-27).
Andy Baker – Graeber Road church of Christ Rosenberg, TX
Scripture of the Week
“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.” — 1 John 1:7
Think About It
Help me find somebody today
Who needs what I have to share:
A kind word, a thoughtful deed,
A bit of loving care.
Help me to take the time to be
An understanding friend to someone
Who needs a helping hand
On which they can depend.
Help me to love as Jesus loves,
That same unselfish way.
Help me to be like Jesus
In all that I do and say.
Something to Smile About
• It can override the discomfort of advancing years!
• The young athletic-type young man: “I climbed Mt. Hood!” The elderly gentleman: “I climbed out of bed!”
• When names escape you, just call everyone “Doc”.
• Doctor to patient “To save time — what part of you doesn’t hurt?”
• The older you are, the less you’re able to hide your true character cosmetically.
• Aging is not something that happens to you, it’s something you choose to do well.
• You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself. — Ethel Barrymore.
• Song to a mirror: The face I see is furrowed now, in fact, it’s rather rutty. Revlon or Clinique won’t do, I need a can of putty!
• As the years add up and the skin gets loose, what I perceive as most distressing; is the little kid who looks up at me and says, “Lady, you need pressing!”