The title for this devotion is peculiar. We have all heard the song, "My Hope is Built on Nothing Less", but what does it mean? In the hymn, the rock is the person of Jesus Christ whom our faith must be built upon. Those not believing in Christ are those on the sand, and sinking sand no less! I think we often take the meaning behind good and well-intended songs and transfer that meaning back onto scripture. So when we think of the teaching of the wise man building on the rock and the foolish man building on the sand, we think the wise man believes in Jesus and the foolish man doesn't. The reality is, however, that the wise man was the one who put Jesus teachings into action while the other just sat listned to the instruction but never acted on it. Much like a church-goer who comes and listens to sermons every week but never puts the teachings into action.
This isn't the only song where this has happened, though it may be one of the more subtle ones. Plenty of people think Jesus never cried as a baby because of the song "Away in a Manger." We need to be careful not to let good and well-intended songs misguide our theology and beliefs.
I'm reminded of the story of the Good Samaritan. When Jesus ended the story he didn't just say "Now what have you learned?" He told them, "Go and do likewise."
Mike @ DCC