Rocks don’t waver.
Rocks don’t hesitate.
Rocks don’t waffle.
Rocks don’t meander.
Rocks don’t fluctuate.
Rocks don’t move.
They stay put.
My God and my Rock do not move. The problem with me though, is that I do.
I vacillate between one decision and the next.
I worry and fear for the future of my children.
I grumble and complain about petty grievances.
I am up one day and feeling confident, and then down and discouraged the next.
I am no rock.
I’m not supposed to be, though.
I was never formed or fashioned from minerals, crystals, or shells to become a rock. I was created in the image of my God. In Psalm 139:13-16, the Message describes my creation this way:
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.
Isn’t this just amazing?
Don’t these words bring us a sense of peace, purpose, and destiny?
Let me go one step further, when we are presented with something that causes us to fear, to worry, to vacillate, to complain, to grumble, to be up one moment or down the next, we need to focus our thoughts upon our Rock and not upon the matter at hand.
Isaiah wrote these words,
You will keep in perfect peace
Him whose mind is steadfast
because he trusts in You.
Trust in the LORD forever
for the LORD, the LORD
is the Rock Eternal.
New International Version, Isaiah 26:3-4
Like I’ve already written, I am no rock. However, I can turn to my Rock Eternal, my LORD to help me in my present-day ups and downs, future worries and fears, or petty complaints and grievances as I steady my mind upon Him.
The Hebrew transliterated word for steadfast is camack. Camack means to lie up against, to rest upon and be supported by. As I embrace the perfect, perpetual peace of my God and trust in His goodness, in His protection and in His love, I can rest upon Him…forever. He is my Rock Eternal. I can lean against my Rock Eternal and know that whatever fear, grievance, or problem I may experience, He can be depended upon to help me.
He will never move.
Never. Never. Never.
Our lives are not easy. Parenting challenges, the release of a child to an exciting venture far from view, house remodeling delays, health struggles, computer glitches, relational disputes, and more dot my Facebook stream.
Really, these posts are just the tip of the iceberg of what is really happening in our lives, right?
Regardless of what our present life issues are today, we can lean hard against our Rock. He is our LORD. We can depend upon Him to be our Peace. He provides us with a perfect peace, an inward peace, an outward peace that others recognize as a only-God inspired peace. We experience a peace with God Himself as we trust in Him for our every circumstance.
Matthew Henry wrote:
“But what we trust in God for will last as long as we shall last. For in the Lord Jehovah-Jah, Jehovah, in him who was, and is, and is to come, there is a rock of ages, a firm and lasting foundation for faith and hope to build upon; and the house built on that rock will stand in a storm. Those that trust in God shall not only find in him, but receive from him, everlasting strength, strength that will carry them to everlasting life, to that blessedness which is forever; and therefore let them trust in him forever, and never cast away nor change their confidence.”
Friend, whatever our challenges, struggles, or setbacks may be this day, may we all lean hard against our Rock Eternal. He shall not move nor shall he ever, ever, ever move away from us. He shall hold steady and as we trust…regardless of how much trust we have left even to offer…we shall find a trustworthy, faithful God.
We were never created to be rocks.
Instead, we were created to receive the confidence and strength of our Rock Eternal. His strength, protection and care will fortify and encourage us to live another day with His peace and His blessing come what may.
First posted on InsteadBless on June 29, 2013. I’ve reworked it a bit for today. 😊