For time saving devices they sure take up a lot of time. I was on the computer. I had a phone call on the land line, and was handling a text message at the same time. Which takes priority? Which do I do first? True, I’m not going to give up any of the devices, but juggling one’s life around them and the other demands of life can be a challenge. Jesus said to His disciples, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give unto you. I do not give to you as the world gives.”(John 14:27) Sometimes we wonder where is that peace? But it really is there. There is a Bible song we often sing called “Jesus is the rock of my salvation”. A simple song but a real truth. Jesus is the rock, our solid rock, in the midst of life. Things in life are not likely to get any less complicated, but we do have a solid rock on which to hold. Jesus is our peace.
Two hundred and fifty years ago a man by the name of Augustus Toplady wrote “Rock of Ages, cleft for me. Let me hide myself in Thee”. Nine hundred years ago a monk by the name of Bernard wrote, “Lord, let me never, never out live my love for Thee”. We can go back to Apostles and saints for two thousand years and find the same faith built upon the same Rock. That Rock is Jesus Christ. Even in the darkest times that Rock has never moved and His light has never faded. Paul was writing about the Israelites on their journey out of Egypt fifteen hundred years before Jesus’ birth. He wrote that the people drank from “the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.”(I Corinthians 10:4) You and I live in this ultra modern era with all its advances, but our feet are sill set upon that same Rock, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”(Hebrews 13:8)
When kids play Hide n’ Seek, at least when we did many many years ago, there was a base where the seeker stayed counting to 100 while the others ran to hide. The seeker would then begin to search out the other. If one person hiding was able to run to the base without getting tagged by the seeker he was “in free”, usually with a shout of joy. We all need a base where we are “in free”. In the midst of the confusion of our world, we really never know whether we are going to be tagged by sickness, accident, financial problems, poor government decisions, war, or an number of other “seekers”. Paul, writing the the Corinthians, alludes to the time Israel was wandering in the desert for 40 years. They were thirsty, and God provided water for them from a rock. Paul says, “they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.”(IC.10:4) We, too, drink from that same spiritual rock in the midst of wandering this life. We have already been declared “in free” by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Whatever is happening today, this week, this month, know that you are always on base, the rock of Jesus Christ.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) Solomon’s admonition is an important one. We live in frightening times. The Japanese earthquake and tsunami, and now the nuclear disaster are causing worldwide concern. Wars, gas and food prices, stock markets, and on and on. We have built a world that is very complex, and interconnected. We have become dependent upon many things over which we have no control. It seems like a row of dominos, or a house of cards. We can read the prophetic Scriptures, but we really don’t know what is ahead for any of us. Even so, we are told over and over, do not be anxious or afraid. Above all that man is able to do, our trust is in One who has promised never to leave or forsake us. We have a rock in the midst of life, and that Rock is Jesus.