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Friday, August 11, 2017

I Corinthians 10:1-4 (Pt. 3)  Thought/Prayer:  Sinking Sand.  Topics:  2 at end.

Warnings from Israel’s Past
Now I would not have you ignorant, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of a spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ.”  (WEB)  (Read this scripture and more at

The Solid Rock

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

Being on sinking sand, or at least feeling that we are, is a scary feeling.  Of course, we all know that when we walk on wet sand, our feet “sink” into it a ways, leaving our footprints.  It’s rather fun, actually, when barefooted . . . to turn and see “from whence” we have just come.

But this type of fun-sand doesn’t sink, as referenced in these lyrics.  Quicksand does.  Unless a person knows how to deal with being in quicksand, outcomes can be very threatening.  We don’t know, of course, what Mr. Edward Mote was thinking when he wrote this song about the demise of the house built on sand.  There are probably houses built on sand that holds not the deadly threat of quicksand, but can nevertheless sink over time, causing structural havoc.

But if we extrapolate meaning to include quicksand, the song could take on a meaning of larger import.  Fortunately, not many of us encounter the fearsome surrounding of quicksand.  And, fortunately, if we prepare ahead, there are ways of assuring rescue for your self except in the most extreme cases. 

How can we help those struggling with their own strengthless foundations in life, whether over illness, mental issues, family, unplanned pregnancy or more? 

Perhaps direct them to the point of this song:  Don’t build on any sand.  Build on the Rock:  Jesus.  Lord, help us to make sure our foundation in life holds strong.  Make sure it is of rock, not minute pieces of rock we call sand.  Any ground but You, Lord?  Sinking sand.

Topics:  Pray for those whose lives seem to be sinking because of seemingly untenable problems.  Pray the lyrics of this song for them, perhaps.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 08/11 at 02:39 PM
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