The Rock or the Sand?

The Rock or the Sand? That is the question.

Take a minute and read the lyrics from this children’s song.

The wise man built his house upon the rock and the rains came tumbling down. The rains came down and the floods came up and the house on the ROCK stood FIRM!  The foolish man built his house upon the sand and the rains came tumbling down. The rains came down and the floods came up and the house on the SAND went SPLAT!

I’m sure that we have all heard or sang that song as kids in our lifetimes. But have we actually thought about the meaning behind it and realized its great significance?

In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus compares a life of obeying Him or rejecting Him to a man who builds his house upon a rock and a man who builds his house upon the sand.

Matthew 7:24-25 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.”  I love that Jesus uses stories and metaphors to explain to us how we should live our lives. The wise man in this story has built a house on a solid rock or a firm foundation. Most houses that are built today have basements made of cement that is the basis of the home. Jesus should be the basis of our lives! He has laid the groundwork for us by his teachings and by others he has used to teach us.

  • 1 Corinthians 3:11, “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have – Jesus Christ.” If a building does not have a solid foundation, it will not last. If our lives do not have a solid foundation in Jesus Christ, we will perish.  The Life Application Study Bible says, “to build on solid rock means to be a hearing, responding disciple, not a phony superficial one.” Obedience, persistance in the Word, constant prayer, and worshiping our Lord are the ways that we can build our strong foundation with Christ.
  • Psalm 127:1, “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” We must let the Lord build our “spiritual houses.” If we build our cities, families, relationships, and friendships without God, we have nothing. It will crumble into pieces. God has to be the center, the core, the crux of all these things for them to survive. We will never have that spiritual bond with God if we are not built upon Him.

Matthew 7:26-27, “But anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and the floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” Wow. Look what happens to the man who builds his house on the sand. His foundation is not strong and when the first storm hits, his house lays on the ground in a rubble. This is what our lives would be like without Jesus. We put our hope in earthly things such as wealth, popularity, fame, etc. and when the first life storm comes we are crumbled into the sand. We like the idea of the “beach scenery.” We want the easy life and we don’t want to have to work too hard for things. Jesus doesn’t call us to be lazy. He calls us to work for his Kingdom and the first thing for us to do is make him the center of our lives. 

So you must answer the question. Will you be the wise man or the foolish man? Will your house be built upon the rock or the sand?

“On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.” Build your life on the Christ the Solid Rock, the Firm Foundation.

Prayers & Blessings,

Lindsay