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That Rock Is Jesus, Yes, He's The One!

"Those who trust to any rock but God will find it sand in the day of their distress; it will fail them when they most need it." - Matthew Henry


One of the greatest weapons that Satan uses against the Child of God is Fear. Because we cannot see into the future, we oftentimes fail to understand or grasp where our lives are headed or where our circumstances are taking us. Many times we feel like the disciples out at sea where our ship is filling up fast with the waves.

The enemy would love for us to panic and give way to our emotions and physical senses.

One thing he doesn't want us to realize is that when our Faith is placed in Jesus and His Holy Word, it is planted on solid ground. We have an anchor that is holding our ship, and though the winds may blow as to almost rip our ship apart, we will indeed make it to the other side.

How can we be so sure?

Matthew 28:18 - Because our Faith is in Jesus, the One Who has all power in heaven and in earth.

Though everything around us is being shaken, the Rock of Ages remains the same.
Though the storms rage in our hearts and souls, He still has everything under control, and, at the opportune moment, He will speak "Peace" to those storms.

The songwriter penned it so beautifully -

"In times like these you need a Saviour,
In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, Be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!"

As you read these inspiring words, which concept seemed to strike you as being very significant?
"In times like these"? "Be very sure"? Be sure that you have an "anchor"?

So many nowadays are concerned with the "times like these" and with being sure that they have an "anchor" or the necessary physical requirements for facing such times.

But how many, in reading this verse of song, were fully aware of the crucial need for the "Solid Rock"?

Though there is nothing wrong with being concerned and prepared for hard times ahead, the Holy Spirit wants His Church to keep their focus on One Person and One Person Alone.

The songwriter calls our attention to that very One -

"That Rock is Jesus,
Yes, He's the One,
That Rock is Jesus,
The Only One;
Be very sure, Be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!"

This is what we must be "sure" of in this Late Hour.

So many are filled with fear, anxiety, and stress because they feel as though they have nothing "Solid" to hold onto in the midst of an unpredictable future and great uncertainties.

God has the answer for all of us. It is found in His Precious Son.

What the world needs now more than ever is something "Solid" - Someone on whom they can depend. And we, as the Church of the Living God, have their answer. His name is Jesus.

He is our answer in the midst of all the unpredictables, and He is the answer for all of the world.

"That Rock is Jesus, Yes, He's the one...The Only One!"

This is what the Scriptures say about Him being our Rock -

  • Deuteronomy 32:18 - "Of the Rock that begat thee..." In other words, He is our Creator, the author of our being, and the One by Whom we live and move.

  • Psalm 18:2 - "The LORD is my Rock..." He is our protection and safety in times of danger. He is a refuge, offering escape from all of our enemies.

  • Psalm 62:7 - "...the rock of my strength..." He is a strong Rock - a powerful defense.

  • Isaiah 17:10 - "...the rock of thy strength..." He is a high Rock - a fortress which the enemy can never assail.

  • Psalm 94:22 - "...my God is the rock of my refuge." We set our feet upon this High Rock where we feel safe and secure because we are totally out of the reach of our enemy.

  • Psalm 89:26 - "...Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation." He is our only trust and hope.

  • Psalm 95:1 - "...make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation." He is our one and only source from whence we find help for our souls.

  • Isaiah 32:2 - "...as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land." He is a projecting rock that takes the battering of the winds and storm as well as the heat of the day. We find great refreshment and relief under His inviting shade from the fatigue and weariness of our journey through the desert.

  • Psalm 31:2 - Knowing perils, troubles, and dangers firsthand, David gave us a simple prayer to daily bring before the Lord - "...be Thou my strong rock..."

Is this how you find yourself praying, O Christian?

Do you see how important it is in the perilous times in which we live to daily cry out to the Lord that He would be our "strong rock"?

In the midst of great threats from our enemies and danger on ever side, we need an immovable and impregnable place where we could run to for protection and shelter from those who are set on our destruction! Jesus is that "strong rock."

Psalm 40:2 - As Christians, what distinguishes us from others is the fact that at the moment of salvation, God brought us up "out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay" and set our "feet upon a rock," and "established" our goings.
We are a people who enjoy a firm footing for our feet.
Psalm 37:23 - Our steps are "ordered by the Lord."
Psalm 31:15 - Our times are in His hands.

Not everyone can say the same.

Regrettably, some, in these late hours, have forsaken the Lord and turned to idols or other things for help and protection.
Deuteronomy 32:31 confirms that fact - "For their rock is not as our Rock..."
And, in Deuteronomy 32:37, God inquires of those who had forsaken Him - "And He shall say, Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted...?"

It is a sad commentary when God's people grow distant in their hearts to the Lord. They become "fat" and "thick." Due to great prosperity and abundance, they indulge themselves in all sorts of luxury and fleshly gratification. They become lean spiritually and before long find themselves lightly esteeming the "Rock" of their salvation. They see no need for Him for everything seems to be perfectly secure and safe without Him.

Deuteronomy 32:15,18 explains such a condition among the people of God - "But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation...Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee."

What a terrible, spiritual position to be in in the midst of great peril and danger!

Isaiah 8:14 - Yet so many today are not seeking for a "sanctuary" in this Great "Rock." They are not looking to Jesus for security, safety, hope, defense, and deliverance.
Romans 1:25 - They are too busy worshipping and serving the "creature" more than the "Creator." Isaiah 8:14 - Resultantly, they find this "Rock" to be a "rock of offence" to their free and easy lifestyle.

Oh, Brothers and Sisters in Christ!
Is your focus on the Lord Jesus at this hour?
Are your feet planted on the Solid Rock?
Are you hidden in the cleft of the Rock of Ages?
Can you honestly say - "On Christ the Solid Rock I stand"?

James 1:22; Matthew 7:27 - For if you are playing games with God or are caught up with the things of this world, whereby you are only a "hearer" of the Word and not a "doer," then you will find that when the rains begin to descend, the floods of peril come, and the winds blow and beat upon your life or the security of it, then you will fall with a "great...fall..."

Don't allow anything to come between you and the Lord.
Lay aside all idols or false securities and hopes.

Place all your Faith and Trust in the Lord Jesus.
"Be sure - be very sure - your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock."

Cry out to God like David did in Psalm 61:2 - "...lead me to the Rock that is higher than I."
He is the Only One Who can keep us in the days ahead.


May God Bless His Word.
Connie

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