“Where do I go when there’s nobody else to turn to? Who do I talk to, when nobody wants to listen? Who do I lean on, when there’s no foundation stable? I go to the rock. I know He’s able. I go to the ROCK.” – Dottie Rambo
This old southern gospel song was written and recorded by Reba Rambo and has some good advice for anyone feeling alone and overwhelmed with the circumstances in this current world. The world we live in is changing so fast it feels like sifting sand beneath our feet. Power is shifting in the political arena. Worldwide finances are more and more unstable. Ideologies are becoming more and more liberal. Neither money, politics, nor social programs can keep this ever changing world stabilized.
I personally have a sense that we are standing on the brink in the age of man for changes that will shake everything to the core. I don’t say this with a doom and gloom mentality. Natural disasters, governmental collapses, financial crisis, climate change, family breakdowns – all of these are circumstances that no individual can feel they have the power to stop or control.
So, what do we do when it feels like the whole world is falling apart? The chorus of that old song says, “I go to the rock of my salvation. I go to the stone that the builders rejected. I run to the mountain and the mountain stands by me. When the earth all around me is sinking sand, on Christ the solid rock I stand. When I need a shelter; when I need a friend, I go to the rock.”
Jesus Christ is that rock. Faith in Him will see us through many difficult periods in our lives.
Psalm 78:35 says, “And they remembered that God was their rock and the Most High their redeemer.”
2 Samuel 22:32 says, “For who is God, besides the Lord? And who is a rock, besides our God?”
I remember the song that Mr. Pinky used to sing in my first days of school at Smith. “The wise man built his house upon the rock…The foolish man built his house upon the sand…” As a child, I certainly didn’t understand what that little song meant, but it was fun to do the hand motions. As an adult, I certainly have a different understanding.
There are 59 references to God as our rock or Christ as our rock in the Bible. This truth has inspired many songs. Another song comes to mind. Edward Mote, in the early 1800s wrote, “My hope is built 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.”
Family can’t protect us from life. Friends can only go so far to help us. There are even times when it seems like we are incapable of helping ourselves. But in my life I have found it to be true in every situation, I can go to the rock for whatever help I need.
Faith is a very personal thing. No one can force faith upon another individual. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Sometimes we just have to take a leap of faith and put our trust in God. Only then will any of what I’ve written make any sense.
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