On the Sand

 •  2 min. read  •  grade level: 4
On the east coast of Florida a strange sight may be, seen. There stands on the shore a good-sized house surrounded by strong concrete walls.
Here you may notice an enclosed area, evidently intended for a patio. Step in at the open door of the house and you may walk through room after room; but all are empty and unfinished. When you look around you see cracks and fissures in the walls. The floors in some parts are sunk in or gone. Ruin is stamped on the whole scene. Yet the walls are very, thick, the beams very strong. What has caused this ruin? Just one fault—it was built upon the sand.
Yes, there lived not long ago—perhaps he is still living—a man who actually thought he could do what God in His own Word says is impossible: He imagined that he could build a house on the sand which would be strong enough to resist the force of wind and wave. In it he planned to settle down and live comfortably.
What was his great mistake? The foundation was wrong. What was the use of strong timbers and heavy concrete for the superstructure when the foundation rested on shifting, sinking sand?
Now we look at that house, the very thickness and Strength of walls testify the more loudly to the man’s mistake. RUIN must be the result of building on the sand.
And now on what is your soul resting? Are you safe on the rock—Christ Jesus? God says, Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. If you are depending on anything short of that—on your good Works, faith, or prayers— When that storm of judgment breaks upon you (as God says it must do on all who obey not His gospel); then most surely all that you rest on will be swept away. You will stand before God without one hope to cling to.
Be like the wise man who built his house on the Rock, Christ Jesus. Then the rains may come and the floods may beat, but they will only prove the safety of: Foundation and the everlasting security there is in Him.
My hope on nothing less is built
Than Jesus and the blood He spilled.
On Christ the solid Rock I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand!