One thing I love doing when at the beach with the kids is getting down on my hands and knees to build a palace surrounded by all kinds of rivers and bridges. It’s a lot of fun and after an hour or two of hard work it’s nice to stand back and enjoy the view.
The heart breaking thing is that this masterpiece will soon be destroyed as the tide rolls in or as other kids take delight in destroying it now the builders have disappeared.
These sand castles give a vivid picture of how short our lives on earth really are and how nothing we build will last forever. Job considered where he would be if death was to take him from all he had built in this life:
‘I would be lying down in peace; I would be asleep and at rest with kings and rulers of the earth, who built for themselves places now lying in ruins’ – Job 3:13-14 (NIV)
In the end, no matter what kind of life we build here, or how much glory we may receive in this life, the truth is that one day we will all end up in exactly the same situation; a place where ‘all of our palaces lay in ruins’. No matter how great the accolades or achievements of this life, we will not be able to take them with us into the next.
Although this is very sobering and even some what discouraging, the truth is that there is one place we can build our lives on so that it will never lay in ruins:
“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. 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” – Matthew 7:24-25 (NLT)
Although the tide will wash away lives that are built on the sand, those who build their lives on the rock of Jesus will stand firm forever. Kingdoms and rulers will rise and fall as the centuries roll on, but the Word of God will never fade:
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” – Matthew 24:25 (NIV)
Rather than spending your days building sandcastle palaces, build your life on the foundation that will sustain you not only through the storms of this life, but well on into eternity!