Jesus taught a parable about a wise person building a house on a rock and a fool building a house on sand. (Matthew 7:24-27) These verses revolve around that popular parable. The fool and the wicked experience the same fate. When troubles come the foolish wicked person has been swept away. Yet the righteous wise person stands firm forever.
The fool is not necessarily without perception of the future. They dread a storm overtaking them (24, 1:27). Fear is a powerful motivator. The wicked’s quagmire is that they risk preparing for that which they dread because their heart, mind, and will find pleasure in evil conduct, the sand on which they build their life (23).
The wise perceive the future too. They do not want a storm to come. However, they know it will. Because they delight in wisdom they forgo evil and delight in righteous diligence preparing for the storm (23). The preparation is because they believe God will grant their desires (24).
Jesus is the cornerstone, “a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message – which is also what they were destined for. (1 Peter 2:8)