Sand or rock

Sand or rock

Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. – Matthew 7:24

Matthew 7:24-27

 24 Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.

 25 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.

 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand.

 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.

The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, is a skyscraper in Dubai, UAE. Begun on January 6, 2004, it was completed October 1, 2009. It is 2722 feet tall and has 163 floors.

Such a structure required a deep and solid foundation. The Burj Khalifa’s foundation is made up of 192 piles of steel and concrete that go nearly 17 stories into the ground.

To build up, you need to build down. It all begins with the suitable location. Who would build in a flood zone or a dried-up riverbed? The ultimate folly is giving no thought to the location or foundation.

To build strong, vibrant lives also requires a firm foundation. Sadly, most people never give the foundation any serious consideration. They just start building haphazardly, a little here and a little there. When the storms of life come, it can lead to disaster.

Wise choices begin by asking wise questions. Upon what are you building your life? Advice is plentiful. Bad, deficient advice is even more plentiful. Some will say to follow your passion. Others will say to seek wealth and material success, that will lead to a life of ease. Some people will counsel to pursue love, find the right person and settle down. But in the end, the advice given by fallen creatures in a fallen world, is lacking.

Seek the best advice available, choose your advisor well. The Father, and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, have a solid track record for building successful lives that spans the millennia.

The Lord Jesus Christ shows the way. Listening to His teaching and acting upon it, provides the sure foundation for life.


“Joyful obedience to Christ creates a firm foundation for living. Those who obey out of love for Jesus build a solid life for themselves of strength and endurance. Terrible storms may hit them, but they can never destroy them.” (Stanley).

Father, help me to hear, reflect upon. and obey the words of the Lord Jesus Christ.


The sermon on the Mount was given near the Sea of Galilee. The soil surrounding the Sea of Galilee consisted of alluvial sand. It was hard on the surface during the heat of summer. But during the winter, when rains came, the alluvial sand surface would become unstable. However, approximately 10 feet below the surface of the sand, there was bedrock. All a wise builder had to do was dig down to the bedrock and begin there.

“Houses built on bedrock would be able to withstand the floods. Excavations in the late 1970s in the region uncovered basalt stone bedrock that was apparently used for the foundation of a building in antiquity” (Wilkins).

Matthew 7:24-27

 24 Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.

 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand.

Hearing and listening to the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ are vital. But merely hearing and agreeing with Him is not sufficient. It is one thing to hear what He said and even approve of it, it is quite another to obey.  

Everyone that hears His words, either responds positively and does them or responds negatively and does not. There is no other choice. There is no middle ground.

We “do” His words by making them our guidebook, our manual for life, and building our lives upon them.

Before the modern age, before the invention of planet killing nuclear weapons, people’s greatest fears were natural disasters. The Ancient Middle East was subject to periodic famines and earthquakes. But the most common and regular natural catastrophes were floods.

In modern times, those living in low-lying coastal areas receive frequent flood warnings when high tide levels and severe weather create probable conditions for flooding.

The Lord Jesus Christ issued a flood warning in the sermon on the Mount. Do you have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ? Do you know Him, or just His vocabulary? 

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