Sinking Sand or Solid Rock?

The Wise Man and the Foolish Man

There were once two men, and each needed to build a house.

The first man was foolish, and chose to build on sandy soil where it was easy to access and easy to dig the foundations. In a few short weeks he was almost finished.

The second man was wise, and chose to build his house on a rocky hill, where it was very hard to access and to dig the foundation. He spent many months building his house.

As time passed a huge storm broke upon the houses of these men. After much rain, a flood swept through the valley and the man's house that was built on the sand was swept away. But the second man who had built on the rocky hill was safe. No matter how hard it rained or how fierce the floods were his house remained solid and immovable.

Let's ask ourselves the question. What's the foundation of our life? Are we like the foolish man, are our lives built on sand?

The story above is from the Matthew 7:24-27 where the Bible says:

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.  
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. 

Jesus said that whoever heard his words and obeyed Him, would be like a wise man who built on a rock. And that house could never be torn down!!! It could never be moved!

But if we only hear the wonderful words of Jesus and yet still go our own way and don't do what He says, then we are like a foolish person, who builds his house on the sand! Just think about that, who would want to build a house on a sand-dune? It sounds very foolish doesn't it?

Perhaps the foolish man thought he was safe? His house was standing to start with and it was cosy and warm inside, everything was going just fine. But when the floods came he had no hope! His house fell flat, and great was the fall of it.

What about our lives? When Satan brings temptations and trials to us it may feel like we are being battered by a flood! The Bible refers to the enemy coming in like a flood:

Isaiah 59:19...when the enemy shall come in like a flood...

And perhaps you've found yourself standing on sand before. And when the flood of temptation or trial comes, you fall flat like that foolish man. But! Don't be discouraged, lets choose to be like the wise man. Who listens to what Jesus tells us in the Bible and does what he says!

And when we listen and obey Jesus what rock are we building our lives on?

Psalms 18:2 The LORD [is] my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust

1. Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Jesus is our Rock! He is the firm foundation that we can build our lives upon. And if we obey Jesus, and everything He tells us in his word, the Bible, we have the assurance that no matter what flood beats upon us, no matter how fierce the storms of this life may get we will never fall, we will never be moved.

 God wants us to build securely upon the eternal Rock, the word of God. We have been only hearers long enough. Let us now put the important lessons of Christ into practise. He who is a hearer and not a doer of the word, Christ compares to the man who built his house upon the sand. It needs only the storm of temptation to break upon such, and the foundation they supposed so secure is swept away. How great is the loss to these souls! They might have had eternal life--a life that measures with the life of God--had they built upon the firm foundation.  - Youth Instructor, October 22, 1896

- by Emmanuel Higgins



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33 comments

E. P.

3 days ago

My faith has been more encouraged to hold fast to the Rock of my salvation.

Adenike Aihawu

3 months ago

Great work, l am going to use this sermon and add to my ministration with my teenagers for Sunday service. God bless the works of your hands

Columbus

3 months ago

This insight is what Christians of today need to understand and do the will of God. God bless you for the powerful message.

Anonymous

5 months ago

Very cool everyone should build there house on the rock not the opions of tv preachers or someone twisting scriptures or a new anointing

regina

5 months ago

God bless you for the insite

Shelly

7 months ago

On Christ the solid rock i stand alllllllllllllll other ground is sinking sand. Love it

Terry Scott

7 months ago

As I was ready this Gem.....I could see not only myself but the church as a whole how we have built on shifting sands. Allowing things of the world to enter the doors of the church and saying it's alright, when God called it an abomination before Him. Lord...help me (us) turn our face to the wall and seek your face and forgiveness. In Jesus name.

Rodney

9 months ago

That was really wonderful,i learn that as christ like we must build our foundation on Jesus the soon coming king.

Ejiro david

11 months ago

Great.such wonderful to know that we can build our life on Christ d solid rock.

vukeya basani

12 months ago

the story is so interesting ,i have learnt that as christian we must build our life on christ so that when we come across challenges we are not going to fall down.

Tristan Owens

12 months ago

Its an amazing story I'm glad that I have learned to build on the rock thank you Jesus

jonathan

1 year ago

the words carry power i really love them, God bless

Anonymous

1 year ago

hi

Shelia McKinney

1 year ago

I am using this "gem" as part of my Sunday School lesson tomorrow for our youth! So excited to find this in terms the kids will understand! Thank you!!

Kimberly Usher

1 year ago

Was on Facebook, and in trying to understand the false flag Sandy Hook...The page adm said to remember what Jesus said about building on sand.
I decided to look in my bible, then turned to different pages on the internet to see other interpetations found this page....

Isaiah was inspirational as I read on to the next few chapters.. recommended to all.
Remember who we are, and where we come from. And while building our house we need foresight, faith and wisdom in the grace of Love through Jesus and his teaching...

Love thine enemy...and neighbor. My right hand has a job to do and seems to know how.
I may have built my foundation on a solid rock, and am prepared. Years of planning, watching and believing...

Every step I take is with the spirit of Jesus Christ in the name of God. No idea why me...an open mind, and BS meter helps. LOL

I want to make sure my new business is righteous, and true. I am becoming a Grant Writing Consultant...And my specialty is environment, and corporations who take advantage of our good nature.

Dr. Bev Browning is my teacher and has said she "looks up"...On line course. Very good teacher. Kind, and encouraging, with celebration for others success.

Helton Allen

1 year ago

this is one of the scriptures in the bible that i favored, it has inspired me to build my foundation on the word of God so that know matter what storm clouds come my way, my faith is routed and grounded in the word of God.

Henry

1 year ago

I will share your key thoughts from this message during my speech to my friend's son for his Bar-mitzvah. Thank you. God bless.

Liz

1 year ago

God bless you, I like the simplicity of your teaching easy to understand it, keep up the good work.

Eva

1 year ago

We certainly saw this bible lesson demonstrated last week. A hurricane named Sandy certainly caused the floods to come up and destroy the houses built on the sand. God have mercy.

Grace

2 years ago

While studying this morning I began to get revelation about the wise and foolish men building their houses. The rock is Jesus Christ, and He is the Word. And, we know that Jesus and the Father are one. We also know that God is love. So the rock we build our lives on is the solid foundation of God's love. Upon that foundation is laid belief, trust and faith. Isn't that cool??

Naison

2 years ago

Many thanks. Will be useful in service tomorrow

Rita

2 years ago

This is what I was looking for , just like when my children was learning. I am teaching at church. thanks.

monica

2 years ago

this have bee a grate to me with my bible class

Channing Kelly

2 years ago

Thank you for this lesson. Thus will come in handy for our Wise Guys class. thank you again.

Patricia

2 years ago

Thank you. This was amazing and my sunday school class will love it we are going to make gingerbread houses to go with it. Thanks

Tyrone

4 years ago

Indeed!!! This was a blessing.

Helen Warbey

4 years ago

Thank you for the lesson. Great reminder for all of us. So very important to spend time with God first every morning. Feeding our souls with Spiritual food.

Hannah

4 years ago

It reminds me of what James says in James 1: 19-25, how we need to be a doer of the word and not a hearer only, as it is easy to say yes that is right and have an intellectual knowledge but that will never change us. It is only by applying the word to our hearts and doing it that our lives are changed. I find it a great strength that God is the one that gives us the power to do it. "But thanks be to God,which giveth us the victory though Jesus Christ our Lord."

Bek

4 years ago

I am going to ask God to help me 'build my house on the rock, the solid foundation'. I am going to try to spend more time in reading the bible and praying.

Emmanuel

4 years ago

Yes, it's easy to let other "more important" things crowd God out of our lives, and we don't spend time reading His word. But really, nothing is more important as spending time to listen and learn from God!

Wendy

4 years ago

This is such an important lesson for us to learn and needs to go very deep into our hearts!

James

4 years ago

This is so true! Sola Scriptoria! (Only the Scriptures)

Joel

4 years ago

Amen! Let us make sure there is no dust on our Bibles and dig out the strength and encouragement that God has in there for us, so that we can use the Word to face the enemy when he comes in like a flood.

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