Is Your Life Leaning?
Perhaps one of the most recognizable wonders in the world is the leaning tower of Pisa. Here is some tower information.The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italian: Torre pendente di Pisa) or simply the Tower of Pisa (Torre di Pisa) is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its unintended tilt.
It is situated behind the Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in Pisa’s Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo) after the Cathedral and the Baptistry. The tower’s tilt began during construction, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure’s weight. The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed, and gradually increased until the structure was stabilized (and the tilt partially corrected) by efforts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
The height of the tower is 55.86 metres (183.27 feet) from the ground on the low side and 56.67 metres (185.93 feet) on the high side. The width of the walls at the base is 2.44 m (8 ft 0.06 in). Its weight is estimated at 14,500metric tons (16,000 short tons). The tower has 296 or 294 steps; the seventh floor has two fewer steps on the north-facing staircase. Prior to restoration work performed between 1990 and 2001, the tower leaned at an angle of 5.5 degrees, but the tower now leans at about 3.99 degrees. This means that the top of the tower is displaced horizontally 3.9 metres (12 ft 10 in) from the centre. The word pisa means marshy lands, so it is no wonder the tower is leaning. The tower will eventually fall, but for now it just leans.
Our life, like any building, needs to be built on the solid foundation of the Word of God. Hebrews 4:12 says, “The Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitude of the heart.” The Word of God is vital, so we must make it the foundation for our lives, or we start to lean. Guess where we lean? Toward the world or, as the Bible says, the flesh. If our foundation is shaky at best, and we have built our lives on marshy land, our foundation will be weak and the lure of the world will start to make us lean in it’s direction. Paul warned Timothy about the leaning starting by what we put in our minds, 2 Timothy 4:3 –“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” Mr. Rogers, Can you spell church hopper? We are in the days when we must base what we do and say on the Word of God or what we say has no depth!! If we do this the leaning will stop and even go the other way to upright. The only way to fight the draw of the world is the truth of the Word of God and that must be our foundation. Anything less will not stop us from leaning the wrong way. We will choose to follow the Word of God if our foundation is the Lord. Jesus said in Matthew 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Get the truth here from the Savior of the World? Hear the word, put it into practice, good foundation. Almost Nuff said!! Jesus goes on to say in verse 25, “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house; yet it did not fall because it had its foundation on the rock.” Boo ya! We are in a time in history where we have nothing but storms and we will always weather those storms if we have put our trust in God and His Word.
So….if you are leaning and it is not toward God, then get into the Word of God and come to the understanding of what victorious living is all about. GOD! Remember, the tower of Pisa is leaning and eventually it will fall. Your life may be leaning, but you can straighten it up right now by committing to follow God by following His Word. You already have the Holy Spirit, so now all it takes is a surrendered heart. Just do it!!
The Pilgrimage continues…..