Built on Sand


Devotion:  Matthew 7:24-27

As I walked on the beach near Charleston, SC; I looked up to see hundreds of sand bags, strategically placed in front of several beach front properties.  Close by, there was a guy operating a front end loader, who was filling more bags, as quickly as possible.  These houses and condominiums were in imminent danger of sinking, as the sand was quickly eroding away. Some bags had already begun to sink.

I thought to myself; this appears to be a vicious cycle.  I wonder if there will ever be a stopping point.

As I contemplated this whole scenario; I could not help but remember this scripture.  A house built on sand; is not a good idea.  God’s words, not mine.  Wise people build their houses on rock.  No rain, no flood or no wind can destroy the house, because it is able to stand against any and all weather.

God uses this scenario to compare those who will not heed His word; to the foolish man who built his house upon the sand. When the storms of life came, God said, “Great was the fall of the house built on the sand.”  We can never trust solely in our finances,  our relationships, our circumstances or any other worldly attachments we may have.  All of those can change on a moment’s notice.

If we seek first the kingdom of God, build our hopes and dreams on Jesus the Rock; when the storms of life come, our house will stand strong.  We will not lose our “footing” based upon the rain, the flood and the wind.  Those are all very real elements.  They are going to happen.  God says, “The rain falls on the righteous and the unrighteous.”  He will give us the strength to withstand the pelting rain; a boat to float during the rising flood, as well as a strong tower made to withstand gail force winds.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord, may I build my life on the Rock of Jesus.  May I anchor my soul to this Solid Rock and remember that You will keep me safe during any storm this life will ever bring.  In Jesus Name.  Amen


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