“The Rock”

When you see title of this article what comes to mind?  The Rock of Gibraltar?  Alcatraz Prison?  Dwayne Johnson, aka, “the Rock”?  What about Jesus? 

David wrote: “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence” (2 Sam. 22:2-3).  David understood very well that his safety and well being could not be found in a masonic abode.  He confidently proclaimed that his “rock” and “fortress” was the Lord. 

Make no mistake; The world is crumbling around us.   

The COVID-19 virus is a plague upon mankind.  One might even say, “It is a plague of biblical proportions.”  The Lord’s church feels the impact.  California governor Gavin Newsom has issued an executive order banning all religious gatherings in 29 counties.  While the ban may not have been intended as an attack on the church, the result is the same. 

The teaching of evolution to the masses and the unchecked hubris on the part of many has lowered moral standards and changed how people value life.  Killing unborn babies has become an acceptable form of birth control and is now thought of by many as a “human right.”  Euthanasia has been voted into law by living human beings in some states. 

The family is a God ordained institution.  But the foundation of family is being shredded in todays culture by: cohabitating without marriage; by divorce; by adultery; by homosexuality; by failing to recognize it is God who joins a man and a woman in holy matrimony.   

So many today are focused on their own comfort and pleasures and sacrificing for God is pushed aside, neglected, and, far too often, forgotten (2 Tim. 3:1-5, 13). 

What Can I Do? 

You would do well to remember what happened in Israel after Joshua died: “When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the LORD nor the work which He had done for Israel” (Jud. 2:10). 

Remember that your rock is still there: “and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ” (1 Cor. 10:4).  Hebrews 13:5b says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 

Imitate David; put your complete trust in that Rock (2 Sam. 22:2-3).   

When the world is crumbling around you, make certain that you are standing on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 3:9; 10:4).  The church—the people of faith—are citizens of the kingdom of God.  And, the Hebrews writer says, that this is “a kingdom which cannot be shaken” (Heb. 12:27-28).  Why?  Because it is built upon the Rock—Jesus Christ (Mat. 16:18).  Therein is the place of safety and comfort for your soul.