ODJ: the Rock
October 13, 2013
READ: Psalm 31:1-5
Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock (Isaiah 26:4).
In 2003 the 635 tonne Old Man of the Mountain—a 40 foot tall natural outcropping of granite ledges in New Hampshire’s White Mountains in the US—crumbled and slid down to the base below. Some of the residents responded to the incident with deep emotional sadness and devastation. One man said that he had lost the oldest member of his family. Since the rocks rolled, local businesses have also seen tourist revenue take a tumble.
David used the metaphor of a rock to describe God: “Be my rock of protection, a fortress where I will be safe. You are my rock and my fortress” (Psalm 31:2-3). David described God in this way because He provided stability and security for him and his people (v.4). To take refuge in God is better than hiding in a man-made fortress or behind huge rocks.
When the Bible spoke of the Lord as the Rock, it was a symbol of strength and faithful permanence and a place where people in danger often took refuge (v.5). Yet, Israel went looking for other rocks—gods or sources of stability, strength and refuge—and experienced extreme disappointment. These other rocks ultimately crumbled under the weight of life because they weren’t the same as Israel’s “eternal Rock” (Isaiah 26:4). God had to remind His people that He alone was the only true Rock—the source of stability, strength, permanence and faithfulness.
There are times when the mountains or rocks we depend on—family, money, relationships, networks and careers—suddenly crumble in the middle of the night. May these times remind us to reject all other false rocks, to call on the Rock that is powerful and faithful, and to depend on the one eternal Rock who will never crumble! —Marvin Williams
Read Matthew 7:24-27 and see the consequences of building life on something other than God the Rock and His Word.
Other than God, who or what have you depended on for stability and security? What will help you to trust in God alone?