It must be odd to walk on a sandbar, surrounded by water and yet staying dry. There are many famous sandbars in our world, many of which are found in the Philippines. But the Haulover Sandbar in Biscayne Bay, Florida, enjoyed some notoriety when a baby grand piano suddenly made its appearance! It was a true mystery how it got there. It turns out that it was an artistic photo shoot done by a young man for his school application! Had the piano stayed there, it would have eventually sunk or been overtaken by water.
Today’s verse describes something just as ludicrous; constructing a house on sand. Hearing God’s Word but not applying it makes the foundation of our lives as precarious as sand. Jesus assures the listeners that the crash of that house is inevitable. In contrast, those that DO put into practice God’s Word will enjoy stability as their foundation is solid Rock.
The sand can represent words of shifting cultural norms. They are easier to follow but the result is ruin. God’s Word is true and eternal, unaffected by what is modern or popular (Ps. 119:160). Building my life on the objective truth of His Words does not happen just by knowing and quoting it. I can study those words for a lifetime but if I do not obey them as authoritative, then that next storm may just bring me down. His words are practical and speak to every area of my life. Applying them is a question of humility to do things His way and not my own!
Lord, keep me off that sand!