We have been in the development stage at the Kilchoan Estate for a number of years now and it is always exciting to observe the various building projects as they come to completion.

From St Comghan’s Chapel to the main house we have watched as these structures rise from the ground and take shape according to the plans that were made for them. There has been a real emphasis on attention to detail and the completed buildings are designed to look impressive, both architecturally on the outside, whilst being complemented with well thought out interior arrangements.

However all that is seen is only made possible because of the foundational work that is carried out on each project. For a building to be of any use it must be built on a good, solid foundation, for it makes no difference how splendid its’ construction appears, if it is not firmly grounded it will be deemed unsafe and unable to withstand the tests of time.

Each one of our lives can be compared to a building project; there is so much that can be seen by others, whether that be our families or our marriages or our careers and businesses for example, and we can work hard to make sure that these various aspects of our lives are successful.

However, life is full of storms and events can happen that put pressure on us and it is during these times that we discover if the things that we have worked hard to produce crumble or are able to withstand the challenges.

Jesus taught that anyone who hears His words and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house upon the rock. When the storms came the house did not fall because it had a firm foundation.

The Bible tells us that if we will put our trust in God, if we will build our lives upon faith in Him and put into practice that which He teaches us, then no matter what may happen we will be able to stand firm.

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “see, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.” Isaiah 28:16 (NLV)

That ‘stone in Zion’ is referring to the Lord Jesus Christ, and when we believe in Him, although the challenges of life may still come, the Bible promises us that we will have nothing to fear.