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06/30/2022

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“Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.” Psalm 71:3

”For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth.”  Psalm 71:5

Humanity has had a long and interesting history with rocks.  We polish them, collect them, carve them, climb them, tell stories about them, enshrine them, build with them; the list goes on and on.  There are a few rocks throughout history that have risen to the top of the list of most famous rocks.  For those of us in the U.S., the Plymouth Rock holds a special place as the supposed landing spot of the early pilgrims.  Muslims consider the Black Rock of Kaaba to be sacred and claim it dates back to Adam and Eve; millions of them make a pilgrimage every year to Mecca to get a glimpse of it.  We are fascinated with the Rosetta Stone for what it can teach us about life in ancient Egypt.  One of the most interesting to me is the Blarney Stone which is built high into the wall of the Blarney Castle in Ireland.  People travel there from all over the world to hang upside down and kiss the stone because as legend suggests, doing so will give you the ability to speak fluently and eloquently.     

Stones also have a prominent place in scripture, and while none of the stones we read about in Scripture promise the gift of gab, they serve as an important reference point for us.  The occurrences of the words ‘rock’ and ‘stone’ in the Bible number into the hundreds, and a great many of these are used in reference to God.  Moses wrote a song about God and described Him with these words, “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice.   God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.” (Deuteronomy 32:4) In II Samuel, the question is asked, “For who is God, but the Lord?  And who is a rock, expect our God?” (II Samuel 22:32) Our Psalm today is another example of this.  

We all know the idea that is meant to be communicated when God is spoken of as a rock or a stone.   It means He is all the things that we can observe to be true about rocks.  Rocks are strong, firm, steady, points of reference, steadfast, and consistent.   Man learned early on that in a world that has been chaotic and prone to turbulence since the fall, there is safety in anchoring oneself to God, the only place that is unchanging and unwavering.   

Jesus, who had a way of explaining these types of truths with simple language, put it like this: “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and blew on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24-25) Although this is sound advice for anyone undertaking the project of building a house, Jesus isn’t talking literally.  When He uses the words ‘will be like’, he is tapping into his audiences’ basic knowledge of how houses should be properly built to communicate a spiritual truth.  This is that our lives will be subjected to storms, violent enough to topple us and reduce us to a pile of rubble if our spirits are not anchored to the only permanently immovable thing in the spiritual realm – God our Creator.  

Make sure your soul is anchored to God the Rock.

Prayer for Today:

God, I praise you for being the only permanent and immovable force in this world.  Thank you for allowing me to anchor myself in You.   Thank you for being my firm foundation to withstand the storms of life.  Amen.

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“Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.” Psalm 71:3

”For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth.”  Psalm 71:5

Humanity has had a long and interesting history with rocks.  We polish them, collect them, carve them, climb them, tell stories about them, enshrine them, build with them; the list goes on and on.  There are a few rocks throughout history that have risen to the top of the list of most famous rocks.  For those of us in the U.S., the Plymouth Rock holds a special place as the supposed landing spot of the early pilgrims.  Muslims consider the Black Rock of Kaaba to be sacred and claim it dates back to Adam and Eve; millions of them make a pilgrimage every year to Mecca to get a glimpse of it.  We are fascinated with the Rosetta Stone for what it can teach us about life in ancient Egypt.  One of the most interesting to me is the Blarney Stone which is built high into the wall of the Blarney Castle in Ireland.  People travel there from all over the world to hang upside down and kiss the stone because as legend suggests, doing so will give you the ability to speak fluently and eloquently.     

Stones also have a prominent place in scripture, and while none of the stones we read about in Scripture promise the gift of gab, they serve as an important reference point for us.  The occurrences of the words ‘rock’ and ‘stone’ in the Bible number into the hundreds, and a great many of these are used in reference to God.  Moses wrote a song about God and described Him with these words, “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice.   God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.” (Deuteronomy 32:4) In II Samuel, the question is asked, “For who is God, but the Lord?  And who is a rock, expect our God?” (II Samuel 22:32) Our Psalm today is another example of this.  

We all know the idea that is meant to be communicated when God is spoken of as a rock or a stone.   It means He is all the things that we can observe to be true about rocks.  Rocks are strong, firm, steady, points of reference, steadfast, and consistent.   Man learned early on that in a world that has been chaotic and prone to turbulence since the fall, there is safety in anchoring oneself to God, the only place that is unchanging and unwavering.   

Jesus, who had a way of explaining these types of truths with simple language, put it like this: “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and blew on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24-25) Although this is sound advice for anyone undertaking the project of building a house, Jesus isn’t talking literally.  When He uses the words ‘will be like’, he is tapping into his audiences’ basic knowledge of how houses should be properly built to communicate a spiritual truth.  This is that our lives will be subjected to storms, violent enough to topple us and reduce us to a pile of rubble if our spirits are not anchored to the only permanently immovable thing in the spiritual realm – God our Creator.  

Make sure your soul is anchored to God the Rock.

Prayer for Today:

God, I praise you for being the only permanent and immovable force in this world.  Thank you for allowing me to anchor myself in You.   Thank you for being my firm foundation to withstand the storms of life.  Amen.

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