I learned something interesting about sand from my college geology professor. Sand is not an element, it is a rock. Not only is it a rock, but it’s a specific size of rock and that size is–small. In Matthew 7:24-27, Yeshua explains the difference between the man who builds his house on the rock and the one who builds his house on sand. Here is the text. (CJB)
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it”
I think this passage has to do with trust more than anything else. Yeshua says, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” So who’s words are you trusting. More importantly, what are you putting your trust in? The reason you shouldn’t build your house on sand is because it is constantly shifting. There are too many individual grains competing to hold up the house. It shifts, thus the house falls.
So again I ask, who/what are you putting your trust in?
Saul put his trust in time when he thought Samuel was late to his crowning. This set the tone for his whole reign. Later we find out he put his trust in a sorcerer. David, who was hunted by King Saul, put his trust in the Lord. In Psalm 18:2-3, he writes, The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.” At that time, David new who his rock was. Later, in 2 Samuel 24, we find out that David put his trust in the size of his army. That sand cost him 70,000 warriors. He quickly repented and bought a threshing floor to present an offering to the rock.
Consider Peter. As far as we know, Peter is the only human who was not God to ever walk on water. If we look at this story, was he really walking on water, or was this a special effect? I believe Peter physically walked on top of the water, but I think spiritually he was walking on rock. In fact, I believe the water beneath his feet felt as solid as a large boulder. Have you ever thought about what it would feel like to walk on water? The properties of water make it so that when you put your weight on top of it, your foot goes down and doesn’t stop until you’re under. It couldn’t have felt like that because he didn’t go down. He was able to lift his feet and take steps which means he was able to put weight on them. For him to be able to lift his foot above the water meant he had to feel like he was walking on something solid, and I believe it felt like a rock. The rock here is Yeshua. A few steps later, he sank. Why? It’s because he no longer put his trust in the rock. He put his trust in his own ability to walk on water which he knew was null and void. At that point, Yeshua had to rescue Peter because he had met his limits.
There are a lot of songs out right now talking about this type of trust. A couple of examples are Paul Baloche’s “God My Rock” and Hillsong United’s “Oceans“. They each talk about putting our trust in God to lead us into His will. But what are the alternatives? What do we depend on when we don’t depend on God? I think it’s different for everyone, but some examples I have seen are as follows: money, job, the lottery, colleagues, people in general, relationships, social media, schools, educators, people in authority, government(s), military, fortune tellers, even church. While most of these things are not bad and some are good (stay away from lotteries and fortune telling), we are not to put our trust in these things. They are like sand under our house. Although the house might stay up for a while, when the storm comes and the winds blow, the sand will shift, the house will fall and “great will be its fall.”
“When my heart is overwhelmed I will look to you alone
When I struggled to believe you did not let go of me
God my rock” –Paul Baloche & Brenton Brown
“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Saviour” –Joel Houston, Matt Crocker & Salomon Ligthelm