The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.—PSALM 18:2
I had a very bad dream last night. Whenever I try to move forward in my Christian life and bury my idols these horrible dreams of losing someone I care about arise, and being stuck with someone I do not like haunts me. The bad part is these dreams have ammo. They come from a place of distrust and fear, growing in the wilderness of an undisciplined mind.
At the same time, I thank God for this affliction, because we serve a God who uses the good, bad, and ugly circumstances of our lives as foundations for valuable life changing lessons. As much as I can glaze, I am confident God wants me to learn how only He is worthy of my trust and hope. That my trust and hope is to be realized in my relationship with Him and how He will supply my needs, not looking for the realization of my happiness to be with a person or favorable circumstances.
I keep saying in order for me to be happy I have to marry a certain person and look and behave a certain way.
That happiness is in direct opposition with who I am.
I believe the enemy’s lies that the real version of me is unworthy of love and since this guy or thing is the accumulation of everything (I think) I desire (I need) then his subsequent rejection in my distorted, unrenewed mind says it would utterly kill me.
This is not of God.
God wants me to learn how He is the source of my happiness. Usually, when I experience bad dreams like this, I would run to my idol performing affirmative rituals, demonstrating to my idol how I still love and adore thee, restating my commitment to them, in hopes of keeping the dream alive.
This time God wants me to learn, using this negative occurrence for my good, how He is my Rock, my Fortress, my Deliverer, my Stronghold and my Horn of Salvation.
Examining Psalm 18:2, “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Let us diagnose how God is everything you and I need, not these idols made by human hands crafted from stone and wood.
The Lord is my Rock
“The Lord is my Rock,” means the Lord provides us stability and security. While the world chases money, affluence, and power, believing large bank accounts and connections with the right people gives them peace and security, they are in effect entrusting their lives to these false gods. Whether it is wealth, prosperity, political power, vanity, these false gods are not capable of protection and power. They are finite constructs formed in the human mind and weaved together with human hands: flimsy, green rectangle paper, countless tubes of lipstick, endless selfies on snapchat perpetuating self glorification and buying of home goods, these gods are made by human hands and forged in human factories.
They are as finite, powerless, and futile as their creators, us. It is no wonder we’re always searching for enlightenment, a high to carry us and numb the pain.
But those who stand on the Rock of Ages will never see ruin, will never be without, because God is Eternal and Almighty. As the weather wears down earth’s formations, God’s power and might to protect His children never fades or erodes. He is Eternal in power. This is why scripture encourages believers to build their foundation on the Rock. Joshua 4:24 says,
“He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.”
Although Jesus guaranteed we shall experience misfortune and trouble and pain, these occurrences can bring us closer to God if we look at our afflictions from the perspective of God’s Word or paralyze us if we surrender to our fears. God permits trials and tribulations not because He enjoys watching our suffering, yet to erase the erroneous idea that we are self sufficient that we can survive without His guidance and mercy. When we set our life on God, seeking to build our lives based upon the principles and commands of His Word, we will have a spiritual stronghold of truth in our hearts and minds no circumstance or supernatural force can destroy.
When we lose loved ones, mothers, aunts, uncles, or when we experience prolonged unemployment and grieve over heartbreak and societal injustice these devastations ravage our belief system and if our gods cannot console, comfort, and guide us in our darkest moments, then they are revealed to be useless and powerless.
Is this happening to you? Are you realizing the rock of which you built your house cannot withstand life’s continuous onslaught, are you being crushed by your circumstances?
Fret not. Reflect carefully over who or what are you placing your trust in.
As COVID 19 still has a heavy hand over the country and stimulus checks are not leaving the White House, who do you look to for financial support? Walking with God alleviates those worries and removes the strangling palm of anxiety, because there is no need God cannot meet. Although we face troubles daily, God is faithful, promising to be the Rock that never erodes.
So blessed are those who serve and commit themselves to serving the One True God. The God in control of all things for God is security, stability, and life giving.
As Exodus 17:6 demonstrates the complexity of God’s Deity and His immeasurable power.
“I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel.” (Exodus 17:6)
What a paradox!
God is the Strength of Israel and their Life Preserver. Moses striking the rock, broke it in half gushing water for His nation to drink, and we’re left in awe, for it is God who defies the laws of nature. He is both our Solid Rock, Impenetrable Rock and our Life Giver, the Source of Life. He gives life everlasting while protecting it.
The nation of Israel needed water it was their sustenance in the desert and when there were no natural sources around the Lord God supernaturally provided for them. What they could not see did not limit what God could do! Our physical circumstances like our spouses’, bosses’, parents’, and our own limitations are roadblocks when we’re struggling to pay bills, keep our children in line, give counsel to our husbands and wives, and be good friends, but where we fail and where the natural says “no,” God declares, “yes!”
Exodus 15:8 says,
“By the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up. The surging waters stood up like a wall; the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.”
Wrap your mind around the truth, my friend that every problem is simple to God. Creating the heavens and the earth was a breeze to the Lord God Almighty, God lives up to His title as Creator and Provider. He divided the filaments and set boundaries between the sky. and sea and out of Him He gives life to every creature, including angel and demon. View God in the fullness of who He is. We limit God because we often forget He created the natural universe and He is the Eternal Ruler of the spiritual universe.
And though He is invisible it is our faith in Him God wants, because our faith in false idols solves nothing. Our idols cannot create or move anything and the more we place our faith in God the greater our despair and depression lessens.
Situate your mind on Who God Is and your fears will grow smaller, the emotional reasoning will lessen and the peace of God shall invade your heart and mind. God is your Rock. He wants to be your God and the purpose for your existence.
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