We live in a very shaky world. We watch the oil prices, the Dow Jones average, the political situation, the weather forecast, and the list goes on. Even our expectation to be alive by dinner time tonight is not a hundred percent certainty. God knows this is the world we live in. Yet, from beginning to end in His Holy Word He tells us not to worry, but to put our trust in Him. Jesus repeats this to the people with Him on the mountainside. “I tell you, do not worry about your life.”(Matthew 6:25) We will have pain and heartache in life, but you and I are believers in the Lord who spoke these gracious words. They provides us something that is beyond the rapid changes of this life. One of my favorite hymns declares “My hope is build on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ the solid rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.” Look up the rest of the words in your hymnal. They are a great reminder of the foundation we have in the midst of life. I don’t know what you will face today, whether trials or routine. Either way the truth is sure. On Christ the solid rock we stand.
Psalm 108 begins “My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make music with all my soul.” There is so much in life that we do not know, and that we do not understand. The “why” questions often plague our minds. An image that is sometimes used in Scripture is that of the movement of the sea. One floating adrift has nothing solid on which to cling. But that is why the expression in Psalm 108 is important for us. Our solid hold is with the Lord. Beyond the questions, beyond the trials, beyond all that is senseless in a broken world is the rock of Christ. It is upon Him that we set our hearts. He will not fail. The psalmist clearly sees the problems, but can end by saying, “for the help of man is worthless. With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.” The Lord does give us a lot of joy in life, but as we look at the current political and world situation there is a lot of confusion. It is a troubled sea. But we say again with the Psalmist, My heart is steadfast, O God. My heart is steadfast.
Change is a fact of life, and the older I get the less I like it. When I learn my way around a computer program, with every button convenient and doing what I think it ought to do, some twenty-something computer geek comes along and updates everything. Oh well! Such is our computer age. It is all designed to keep me on my toes when I want to be sitting on my seat. There is One, however, that does not change. Hebrews 13:8 assures us that, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Jesus is the solid rock in the midst of all of the changes of life, and he gives us the strength to deal with them. Further, as I am slowly learning, He uses many changes to help us mature in faith, use them for His glory, and as a witness to His grace to others. From the Rock on which we stand we proclaim God’s love to our changing world.