23 Jun Who is a ROCK, except our God – Pt. 1
For who is God, except the Lord? and who is a rock, except our God?” II Samuel 22:32.
Who IS a rock, except our God? Who can we always place our trust in? Who will never betray us? Who can we count on to be there for us every second of every minute of every hour? Who will never, ever leave us?
Certainly the answer to this question is not found in any mortal being, for we humans are fallible, unreliable, capricious and, well, mortal. Therefore, if we build our hope upon any person except Jesus Christ, the ROCK of our salvation, our foundation will crumble and we will be shaken to the core, much like the foolish man who built his house on the sand. (Mt. 7:26-27)
You can never be sure that someone won’t leave you. You will never find someone who will always be 100% loyal, 100% of the time. Be it family or friend, there is always the chance that they will betray you or leave you, either through separation or death. And, at the very least, people will let you down and disappoint you, because they are human.
On the other hand, the nature of our Heavenly Father is to never disappoint, never let us down, and never leave us or turn His back on us. He loves us with a fierce, incomprehensible love that will never grow cold or die away. “What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it –we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who He is or what He’s up to.” (1 John 3:1 Msg Bible) Oh – how He longs for us to grasp how much He loves us!
I believe that until we really get a glimpse of how great His love is – until we get to the point of true intimacy with Him, we will often fear the abandonment of someone close to us. But once we are in the secret place, once we finally learn what it really means to “abide” in Him . . . and once we have a revelation of our infinite worth to Him, then and only then can we love others with reckless abandon. And only then can we know that, should they disappoint or desert us, we will be able to say, “My God – He is all I need and He is enough. He is MY ROCK and I will not be moved.”