Consequences of Living on Sand

indexSecond, your foundation is weak. If you hear but do not obey Jesus’ words, you are like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.

Have you ever wondered why the Tower of Pisa is leaning? The Tower of Pisa is a bell tower of the cathedral of Pisa, Italy. The tilt began during construction. It is caused by a foundation too soft on one side to support the tower’s weight. The tower began to tilt after construction began on the second floor in 1178. This was due to a short three-meter foundation on weak, unstable subsoil.

I did some research about the composition of subsoil. Subsoil is the soil layer below the topsoil. It is composed of a mixture of sand, silt, and clay. The leaning Tower of Pisa was built on a weak foundation of sand, silt and clay. Sand is a very unstable foundation to build something.

Have you built a sand castle on the beach? Build a big beautiful sand castle on the beach. Surround it with a wall of thick sand. Put a flag on your sand castle. But when the water comes in, your sand castle will fall on the sand. It falls on the sand because it is built on sand, a weak foundation.

If you live disobeying the rule of God, you live on sand. If you live disregarding the rule of God, you live on sand.

Third, you will fall in the storm of judgment. “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” (Matt. 7:27). The words in v. 27 are the same as in v. 24. The rains fell, the floods came, and the winds blew at the house. But in v. 27, Matthew emphasized, “great was the fall of it.” The house built on sand collapsed completely. He who lives his life by disregarding God’s will walks on the wide road to destruction (Matt. 7:13). He will fall on the day of God’s judgment.


Jesus’ Sermon ends with a warning to everyone. We should take His words seriously. We should not only hear Jesus’ words. Rather, we should obey it.

We shall all stand before the Lord someday soon. Where do you build your house today? What kind of foundation are you building your life today?

I urge you to build your life on the rock. Live to obey God’s will. Stand on God’s Word. Then you will be like the wise man who built his house on a rock. The rains fell, the floods came, and the winds blew the house. But it did not fall, because it was built on the rock. When you will face Jesus one day, you will stand.


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