Isaiah 28:16: Cornerstone – Part I
When we have no place to put our feet, we stand on the Word of God as a strong cornerstone that withstands all onslaught.
This, now, is what the Sovereign Lord says: “I am placing in Zion a foundation that is firm and strong. In it I am putting a solid cornerstone on which are written the words, ‘Faith that is firm is also patient.’” (GNT)
When the winds of change pull us into a crushing vortex, we rely on the wisdom of God as a bulwark against the storm.
Therefore thus says the Lord God,
See, I am laying in Zion a foundation stone,
a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation:
“One who trusts will not panic.” (NSRV)
When we cling to the precipice and look for a foothold, we trust the promise of God and remain firm in the Lord.
Therefore here is what Adonai Elohim says:
“Look, I am laying in Tziyon
a tested stone, a costly cornerstone,
a firm foundation-stone;
he who trusts will not rush here and there. (CJB)
God says: Despite the fear the takes away your breath, you can rely on me to sustain you. Against all odds I will keep my promise of life to you. Regardless of the danger of the world, you must know that I will never abandon you. In the face of evil and darkness, I will always bring you life and light. Remain in me and rely on my promise that the cornerstone of life will always support you.
But the Master, God, has something to say to this:
“Watch closely. I’m laying a foundation in Zion,
a solid granite foundation, squared and true.
And this is the meaning of the stone:
a trusting life won’t topple.
I’ll make justice the measuring stick
and righteousness the plumb line for the building.
A hailstorm will knock down the shantytown of lies,
and a flash flood will wash out the rubble. (MSG)
When the world batters us and leaves us vanquished, we rely on God’s cornerstone of wisdom to serve as our bulwark against all storms.