Matthew 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” – NIV
I have had the words “On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand,” going through my head lately. Day and night. Probably from a recent church service, but who knows.
The words remind me of an incident while we were visiting the tide pools at Seal Rock, OR. When one ventures out onto the rock, it really isn’t “rock.” It is rock covered in thousands upon thousands of mussels and clams and hermit crabs. You get the idea. That’s basically what we’re standing on to view the tide pools. We test before we step to be sure that it is “solid.” Can we be completely sure? No, but it’s the best we can do if we want to see what’s in the next tide pool.
The same testing comes when one walks on the wet sand that is near the water’s edge. Once again it requires testing to be sure that it will not cave into the water. Well, if you don’t want to get your feet wet, you’d better test. Not quite the same as sinking sand, but you’ll get wet if it caves in.
Our last trek to the beach, Nick was further out on the “rock” than I was so he didn’t hear the exchange I had with a little girl who was walking on the sand with her father. She looked up at me and said “Is that safe for you to be on?” I replied, “I’m not sure, but I think so.” Nick and I both got a chuckle out of her concern, and conjectured that her father had told her it wasn’t safe to be on the rocks.
I’m sure you can see where I’m going with this one. If you don’t build your life on Jesus Christ, you will be on “sinking sand.” And that’s one place you don’t want to be! It is far, far better to build your life on the solid rock of Jesus Christ, than anything else. No testing involved. Most assuredly – safe to be on!
If you’re curious about the hymn, it is My Hope Is Built by Edward Mote written in 1834.