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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Coral Dream Star!

4 months ago

Beyond the heavens, and the dreams that are all mine, is the mysticism of love, that carries me through, the paradise sands of time, and the replacement of my emotions, make no way for its change, not even the sands of time, can diminish a world that has taken over as an identity all my own, in the captivating elegance of its time rippling in the emotions through all sensations, of an opaque allure, transparent of what has lured me into this world, I only know, and I only live, and through God, is the inexcusable deliverance of a world, I am, and will continue to be, all by the life of the heavens, and by the life all its own, Paradise!
Lovely -- Greg Chambers feat. Kevin
With Love, The Magenta Movie Star -- Magenta Holly

musomi denis

6 months ago

I would like to be as a man who constructed his house on rock which is coming to my conscience that he is jesus


6 months ago

That really gets you thinking what way to turn to God. He is the way.


7 months ago

This is very helpful. We need to be founded on the rock Jesus Christ and we will not be shaken in the time of storm


7 months ago

This guy claims Nero Caesar is the Antichrist and he sounds convincing. I don't know where to go for help as I am questioning my faith from it. Stranger yet, is that he talks of these "magical signs" as if they do not come from God that he will make others lose their faith. For instance he said that his name Lenny means Bold Lion and the Antichrist is described as having the mouth of a lion. He also shared how the Antichrist will not regard the God of his fathers and that because he will become known as making others lose faith in God his name is proof of magic's existence. Except, he doesn't believe in God. It's really scary actually...

Milly B

7 months ago

Awesome explanation, Im still trying to get more revelation on this scripture as I think the sand represents going with what our emotions sway us to do (how we feel) the rock is what we choose to do even if it doesn't feel good but the result will keep us on the rock ground, like loving spouse back when I rather not, forgiving when I was wronged even if I was the victim, to live according to choosing (my will rooted in God's Word or instruction) verses my emotions what feels right at the moment.


8 months ago

I woke up in the middle of the night from a deep sleep. Right as I woke I heard the words in my mind, "Build your house on the rock". I have never before exp. anything like this. I am a believer in christ and i needed to hear this for both my family and I. Lately sin has been chasing me down.... I needed to hear this. AWESOME!


9 months ago

Its help us to stand whatever situation it is!


9 months ago

I love this story, it makes me realize that our life foundation should be the word of God, by obeying the word of God, our eternal life can be rest assure.

De Ann S. McLaurin

10 months ago

I love this story. I teach large group time with our Awana's Sparks, and this is teachable on their level. Children need to know the Christ is our solid rock.

July Walker

12 months ago

It's amazing. It has truly given me strength

Olamide Treasure

1 year ago

Wow! Am really moved by this post Sir,God bless you!


1 year ago


Northern Starr

1 year ago

Rob, the ground, is a holy symbol, for faith, and our faith, in God's ways, and His hand, and His touch, to sustain us, and to carry us, and not, to let us slip, into satin's ways, but, to be strong, and to be true to God, and his ways, and never to falter, for GOD is the foundation, and GOD is the ground, like solid rock, and a house built on a foundation, made of stone, will not sink, or slip, or fall.

Leon C. Cosey

1 year ago

Love to all my face book friends.


1 year ago

I choose Jesus for my Corner Stone foundation. I love your stories uou share.


1 year ago

what if all the types of ground are the same where you live?


1 year ago

this is great. jesus is my rock.


1 year ago

God love you sooooooooooooo much that you can imagined
my sisters and brothers:)) He want you to be save from your sins, so just tell him your sorry for alllllll the things you have done and change how you live and he will bless your whole life, if you choose to live for him:) pray, and talk to him so he knows you want to have a relationship with him:) good night and God Bless you all:)


1 year ago

I am glad my youth leader ask us to read this verse, because me reading this verse made me understand it more, what it means to built your house on solid Rock!!! not on Sand!!

Namanya hannington

1 year ago

i believe implementing Gods words in my daily life is a 100% worth incorporating in my strategic planning in order to stand on strong and firm foundation...thx and blessings only.


2 years ago

Thanks for the exposition!
Indeed Jesus is our sure foundation.

yvonne Lewis

2 years ago

The Holy Spirit give me a song , about sinking sand ,but I never understood what mean , t'il this moments , just by reading the explanation , I come to understand what it mean to me . Thank God for everything .

Mom in IL

2 years ago

Northern Starr.... it sounds like you're having a good time. :0) That's great. As a child of God, no matter where I am, prison or castle, I am rich and blessed, because I live in Christ. My encouragement to you is to test things, as the Bible says to do. For God Almighty will never ever go against His Word. He is faithful and true. All Christians need to do as the Bible says, and test the spirits. We do not want to follow or worship a false Jesus. God bless you. XO


2 years ago

Thanks this is what i was looking for.

Northern Starr

2 years ago

My foundation was built on Paradise sands, an extension of its beauty, and cassia, in its heavenly garden within my soul, taking me back to the serenity of pleasure, echoing romance, above, and beyond, all its means of incomparable measures, and inexcusable reasoning for its existence, without the regrets of following anyone, but Jesus, I found peace in deliverance, and enlightenment, that all who see me, know, I come from a place of God, and a world, yet to be seen by my creator, who has only exposed my roots, in my foundation, of my " Secret Garden." Let perfection, be me, and let God, allow me to be, in his creation, and all that I have been to him, and now, to Man.

E. P.

2 years ago

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

Adenike Aihawu

2 years 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


3 years ago

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


3 years 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


3 years ago

God bless you for the insite


3 years ago

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

Terry Scott

3 years 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. me (us) turn our face to the wall and seek your face and forgiveness. In Jesus name.


3 years ago

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

Ejiro david

3 years ago

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

vukeya basani

3 years 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

3 years ago

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


3 years ago

the words carry power i really love them, God bless


3 years ago


Shelia McKinney

3 years 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

3 years 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 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

3 years 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.


3 years 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.


3 years ago

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


4 years 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.


4 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??


4 years ago

Many thanks. Will be useful in service tomorrow


4 years ago

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


4 years ago

this have bee a grate to me with my bible class

Channing Kelly

4 years ago

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


5 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


6 years ago

Indeed!!! This was a blessing.

Helen Warbey

6 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.


6 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."


6 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.


6 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!


6 years ago

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


6 years ago

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


6 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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