Sand and Rock

The old children’s song I remember from when I was a child still has a great lesson for us:

The foolish man built his house upon the sand,

the foolish man built his house upon the sand,

the foolish man built his house upon the sand,

and the foolish man’s house went splat!

 The wise man built his house upon the rock,

the wise man built his house upon the rock,

the wise man built his house upon the rock,

and the wise man’s house stood firm!

 So, build your house upon the Lord Jesus Christ,

build your house upon the Lord Jesus Christ,

build your house upon the Lord Jesus Christ,

and the blessings will come tumbling down!

 Oh, the blessings come down as the prayers go up,

the blessings come down as the prayers go up,

the blessings come down as the prayers go up,

so build your house upon the Lord Jesus Christ!

If only more adults listened to what the children sing!  Jesus taught those who would listen this truth.  His words are recorded in Matthew 7:24-27: “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock.  The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house.  Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of Mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.  The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed.  And its collapse was great!”

Of course, the rock which Jesus was referring to is Himself and the truth His Word teaches.  Life is filled with storms, earth shaking events, and all manner of challenges.  Some people weather these storms and end up stronger than they were because of their faith in “The Rock.”  Others who have rejected Jesus lack the foundation necessary for overcoming the deep troubles of life, and their foolish decision eventually leads to their destruction.

Be honest with yourself and before God . . . what is the foundation of your life?  If you cannot honestly point to Jesus as the base upon which your life stand, you have a decision to make.  Will you choose to make Jesus your solid rock, or will you reject Him?  You may consider yourself a Christian, and yet you are still not building your life upon Christ.  I won’t pretend to be able to judge the validity of your salvation experience (though you will be known by the fruit you bear), but even more pitiful is the life of one who knows the truth and fails to act upon it.  Be wise.  Build your life on the One who will never your “house” be destroyed.