Sunday, January 25, 2009

Believe in the Rock

Jonah 3:1-5, 10, Psalm 62:5-12, 1 Corinthians 7:29-31, Mark 1:14-20

Rocks have stood the test of time. For years and years, rocks have existed on this earth, weathering storms and other changes, its physical properties remaining intact. So solid, if it is used properly, it can be a weapon. That is why when we look at God, we state that He is our Rock.

Steadfast and unchanging is our God. As stated last week, He is always there for us. He is our protector and guardian. When we get caught up in the problems of the world, we are reminded to re-train our focus, not on the troubles that assail us, but on the One who can deliver us.

For if we get caught up in the world too much, we lose focus and think we can do it alone. No great human being on this earth has moved the world without inspiration and guidance from God. It did not matter if that person acknowledged God or not, for God uses every one of His creations for a purpose.

There are those that challenge this assertion, believing, because tragic events take place, that everything is controlled by man. My challenge to them is to create a seed on their own, not a hybrid of something that exists already, but of something totally new.

Only the One that created the universe, what we know and don't know, can do that. When we understand that, then we understand that our investment should not be on things that are temporal, but on a constant presence.

We have free will to believe or not, but what a joy it is to have faith. The satisfaction of knowing that no matter what we are going through, God is always there, using us to do His will, testing us to make us stronger in our resolve to get it done.

In the story of David and Goliath, it is written that David picked up five smooth rocks to battle the giant. With his slingshot, it only took one rock to defeat the giant. The truth is that David always had an extra rock in his arsenal, and that rock was there, not only with his battle with Goliath, but in his escape from Saul, his ascension to the throne of Israel, when his son Absalom plotted against him, and even when he fell from grace. That is why most of the Psalms are written by David, because he understood, even in his darkest hour, God was with Him throughout.

Stand fast in the blessed assurance that God is our Rock. He will never leave or forsake us, He will carry us through our toughest times on this earthly journey. He will provide for our needs and He will answer our prayers.