18:1-2, David used a rock as a
metaphor of God’s strength and stability. It is solid and steady, a sure
foundation, not just a stone. It never moves just like God who is reliable and
unchanging. It is so comforting to know that the Bible clearly teaches us that
God is our Rock.
1. God my Rock in every Heart of Man
In Acts 10, when God
wanted Peter to take the Gospel to a Gentile centurion, a military commander
named Cornelius, Peter's strong Jewishness and his lifetime dislike of Gentiles
was a major wall of prejudice. But with one vision, God tore down that wall,
and changed the heart of Peter who went willingly into Gentile territory for
Jesus. When Saul of Tarsus was determined to persecute all the Christians and
wipe out Christianity before it spread, God changed the heart of this
persecutor into the heart of a disciple of Jesus in a moment.
heart of man has been hardened by sin. Man’s fickle ways, his natural
prejudice, the weakness of the flesh have managed to build these walls overtime.
But God doesn’t know of any immovable walls. Whether it's a wall in your
marriage relationship, an immoral relationship, a sinful business practice, a
person who seems like they will never surrender their lives to Christ, maybe a
son or daughter who looks like they will never leave their prodigal ways, any
wall that stands in the way of the will and the working of God can be torn down
because He is God. If God wants it open and broken down so He can come in, just
keep believing Him for it, that wall is coming down!
2. God my Rock in every Circumstance
hearts, betrayal, cancer or sickness, financial needs, recessions, depressions
- these things don’t decide what happens to a child of God. If you belong to
Him, He is your Rock in every circumstance. If you've already lost some of
those who mattered most to you in life, then you know how much we need
something that's eternal, something unmoving that will stand the unpredictable
weather because the weather in our world, even in our lives, is becoming more
and more unpredictable.
need, in essence, a lighthouse, something we can totally depend on when
everything else is changing. The lighthouse that never moves is beautifully
described in Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and
today and forever.”
3. God is my Rock in every Season of
so good about God our Rock in every season of change? Paul answers in
Philippians 1:7, “Whether I'm in chains or defending and
confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me.” Paul
acknowledges God's grace is carrying him through his change of assignment. Before
this he has been out preaching, planting churches, and then all of a sudden he
is writing this letter from prison.
In verse 12, he says, “I just want you to know that what has
happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.” Then in verse 20, he is encouraged as
he says, “I eagerly expect and hope that
I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as
always, Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” Paul is saying that he will continue
to love and serve God till the end so that he may honor Him.
are between a rock and a hard place, let’s stand on the Rock, our loving,
gracious, faithful Father who will break down walls, change hearts, help us
rise above our circumstances, and bring meaning and purpose to our lives. He
never changes, if we stand on Him, He will use us to make great changes in our
families, our communities, our schools, businesses, nation and the world, for
His glory and honor.