“America was founded by people who believe that God is their Rock of safety.” -Ronald Reagan
“Is God your refuge, your hiding place, your stronghold? If He is, you don’t need to search any further for security.” -Elisabeth Elliott
Recently my niece asked her dad, my older brother Jimmy, to hike to the top of the Peaks of Otter with her and two of my sisters. Being an outdoor-kind-of-guy, he readily agreed. Of course, she failed to mention that the hike is well over a mile — almost straight up.
Being bull-strong, he easily made it to the top of the trail with his daughter. There they found a large rock outcropping overlooking the valley below. What’s interesting is the perspective he had from the pinnacle of that massive rock.
He shared that the rock is strong and secure. There is total peace and quiet at that altitude. The world becomes very small as you look down on it, and yet magnificent with a view that goes on for miles. Majestic — yet tranquil. In fact, they were so in awe, they lost track of time and had to walk back down the trail in the dark with only a small flashlight (oops).
Listening to the account of their adventure brought several verses to my mind:
“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2 ESV
Life isn’t fair. Often we become overwhelmed with the daily grind. Jesus calls it the “cares of the world” and warns that they can “choke out the good seed”. (Matthew 13:22) In those times, climb up onto the Rock…the LORD…your stronghold. The view from up there is totally different. Things that have the potential to overwhelm us appear much smaller from that height!
“He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.” Psalm 40:2 ESV
A miry bog. Wet, deep, heavy mud. The kind that will pull the boots right off your feet. The harder you struggle, the deeper you sink.
Quit straining. Like a toddler reaching up for the safety of his daddy’s arms, let your Heavenly Father take you by the hands, lift you out of the pit of destruction, and set your feet on the solid rock.
“…For they (God’s children following Moses) drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.” 1 Corinthians 10:4 ESV
Spiritual thirst. God has put “eternity into man’s heart” (Ecclesiastes 3:11ESV). Even psychology is now telling us that young children have a God-given desire to know a “transcendent” One. It is a thirst that can only be satisfied with the water that flows from the spiritual Rock — The Lord Jesus Christ.
Is your soul dry and parched? Do you thirst for something satisfying — something refreshing? Drink deeply — and drink often, from the Living Water.
And when your heart feels faint, reflect on this verse from a song sung by King David;
“From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2 ESV
There is a Rock that is higher than your circumstances. Climb up onto it. Plant your feet firmly there. Drink deeply from the water that flows out of it.
It will turn your life around.