Because I have spent so much time on Dauphin Island, at the warm invitations of our dear friends the Eldridges, I have had the opportunity to observe many things, including the nature of sand. In some places the sand is soft, and you easily sink in. At other places it is firm enough to walk on. There are even places where the sand is so solid and firm you can drive a vehicle on it! For example, the sand at Daytona Beach has such a hard surface that automobile races have been held there with thousands of spectators in attendance.
I’ve had some personal experiences with the nature of sand. Our family was spending a holiday on the island. The driveway to the beach house where we were staying was hard packed sand. It easily supported the weight of our vehicles. My son-in-law came in from one of our many trips in and out and was just a few inches off the tracks we had been using. The car sank into the sand. The more we struggled to dig out, the deeper the car settled into the sand. What a job it was to get the car out! On another occasion, we were driving a truck on what seemed to be solid sand. When we attempted to turn around, we sunk. It took a track hoe to extract the truck.
Anyone who has read the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew is sure to surmise where this devotional thought is going. Jesus said, “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand; and the rain descended, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat on the house; and it fell. And great was its fall” (Matthew 7:24-27).
Things may not always be as obvious or simple as they sound. Sometimes the sand around us is hard packed. Like the sand at Daytona, which can support dozens of racecars and thousands of people, the sand around us may appear to be solid. It seems hard enough to serve as a foundation. So we build. In doing so, we choose not only to ignore the words of Jesus, but also the instructions of the Apostle Paul who said, “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3: 11).
The words of Jesus are as true today as they were when He first uttered them. The wise man builds his house upon the rock and the foolish man builds upon the sand.
On Christ the solid rock I stand (and build)
All other ground is sinking sand.
~ Brother Roy