The Wise Man and the Foolish Man

Does anyone else find this song a little unfinished? The first and second verses tell us the wise man built his house upon the rock, and the happy consequences of that. Then the third and fourth verses tell us the foolish man built his house upon the sand, and the sad consequences of that. So… then what? We could add possible 5th and 6th verses to sum things up and help the children better identify what this means in their lives:

So I will build my house upon the rock,
[rest] I will build my house upon the rock,
[rest] I will build my house upon the rock,
And the rains will come tumbling down.

The rains will fall, and the floods will come up,
The rains will fall, and the floods will come up,
The rains will fall, and the floods will come up,
And my house on the rock will stand firm!

We use the future tense for these verses, as the children’s lives are still mostly ahead of them. These verses also allow for a little more discussion of the metaphors in this song: the trials (rains, floods) which might lead us to despair (wash us away) if we don’t have firm testimonies built upon “the rock” of Jesus Christ and his gospel.

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