Throughout the Bible, Jesus Christ is referred to by many names and even beyond that there are many descriptive words used to describe Him. Because the human mind cannot fully grasp the greatness of God nor comprehend the true makeup of the Godhead, we “see through a glass darkly” and use all these names and descriptions to try and piece together a picture of who He really is. “Without question, great is the mystery of godliness,” Paul wrote. (1 Timothy 3:16) How true!
One of the ways we are given to think about our Lord is as a rock– an immovable stone, a solid place to run to for refuge; a fortress for safety and strength; a high place, where we are safe from drowning in the rough waters from the storms of life. Will the storms come? Yes. Will flood waters creep up and the winds push against you, almost knocking you down? Yes. But there is a rock you can run to and His name is Jesus.
- “…you are My witnesses. Is there any God besides Me, Or is there any other Rock? I know of none…” (Isaiah 44:8)
- “For who is God, besides the LORD? And who is a rock, besides our God?” (2 Samuel 22:32 & Psalm 18:31)
- “…They remembered that God was their rock, and the Most High God their redeemer…” (Psalm 78:35)
- “…because of the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, because of the God of your father who will help you…” (Genesis 49:24-25)
- “Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle…” (Psalm 144:1)
1. The Rock of Our Salvation: Psalm 89:26-28 says, “He shall cry unto Me, ‘You are my Father, my God,and the Rock of my salvation.’ Also I will make him my firstborn,the highest of the kings of the earth. In My mercy I will keep him forever,and My covenant shall stand firm with him.” When you’re not sure where to go or what to do or how to get out of what you got yourself into or how to climb out of a hole life threw you into, you need a rock, a strong support to provide firm footing, something to grab onto as you climb, someone you can cling to and that is Jesus Christ. Through the Word of God, you have as much access to Him as anyone else does. Your salvation was through Him. Your sanctification will be alongside Him. Your success will be because of Him.
True victory isn’t found when all your problems are finally over. True victory is when the problems are still there, but they have no control over you.
2. The Rock that is Higher than I: Here is what David prayed: “From the ends of the earth I will cry to you. When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a refuge for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.” (Psalm 61:2-3) “Lead me” David prayed. Why? Because we can’t always “see” Jesus. By faith you know He is working in your life and your situations and that He is helping you work out your salvation (Philippians 2:12), but when all you see are problems, it can be hard to “see” Jesus. “LEAD ME!” That is your prayer. You need the Rock that is Jesus Christ, but if you can’t see Him or if you’ve wandered off course, ask and He will lead you to where He is.
3. Our Firm Foundation: “The firm foundation of God will stand,” Paul told Timothy (2 Timothy 2:19) Jesus Christ is the Rock that will steady you when life makes you feel like you’re on shaky ground. More specifically, “Whoever hears these sayings of Mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock. And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house. And it did not fall, for it was founded a rock.” (Matthew 7:24-27) When your life is built on Him, your habits, your lifestyle, your choices, your priorities, your relationships, you’ll experience a life that has solid ground, even when the world tries to shake it. What does this mean in practical terms? You’ll always have a place of refuge within yourself, where Christ dwells. You’ll have the tools you need to overcome the enemy within and then outside of you. True victory isn’t found when all your problems are finally over. True victory is when the problems are still there, but they have no control over you. THAT is why you need a firm foundation in The Word, Jesus Christ. (John 1:1-5)
Thought for today
1 Corinthians 10:4 says, “…for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.” A lot of people never really experience Jesus Christ, as the Rock. Why? Because we fret and grasp for control and get tangled up in our emotions instead of running to the Rock and clinging to it. Prayer, the Word of God and worship are how you’re going to find refuge for your soul, but it isn’t easy to do that. Why? Because if you’re going to cling to the Rock, you’ll to let go of the control of all the messes, so your hands are free to grab onto Him. <3