Standing on The Rock

First, let me apologize for not blogging since some months ago, well about 6.  2014 seems to have been quite a whirlwind so far.  2 deaths in my family, one of which was my father whom I miss more every day; traveling week after week, which is taxing even when it's for happy reasons; and then there's the hand of anxieties that I hold close to my chest for now, as I apparently try to memorize the cards usually in the middle of the night.  But hey, as Josh from the Fellowship reminded me recently, "The Lord never promised us a happy, carefree life."

However, He has made us some amazing promises that far surpass what I think I need or want.  How about I list just 3 for us to consider.  One, He promises to always be with us and that even in our darkest moments He will stay - never leaving us, never forsaking us. (Heb.13:5)  Two, He promises that the end result for us as His children is His glory.  That means we're in, no matter what.  In His city.  In His house.  In His family.  Perfected in Christ, which means no more temptations, no more failures. No more fear, weakness, struggle, confusion…  He finishes His work in you and me, forever.  I like that.  And to add to the glory part, we become heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ!  Now, if I just thought that up you'd simply smile and say, 'That's nice, Chris."  But I didn't.  God did. (Rom.8:17)  He gave us that amazing promise so that we could hold onto it.  And why is that so important to hold onto?  Well, I'll get to that in a bit.  But first our third promise, He tells us that we can trust Him.  (Proverbs 3:5,6; Nahum 1:7)  God is trustworthy.  We can lean upon Him and His word with all our weight, and by experience we learn that He truly is to be trusted. This brings up what I want to address.

We tend to be rather short-sighted.  I have often found myself so caught up in the stress of this life, in the challenges and blessings of what's going on around me, that I loosen my grip on His promises.  My mind begins to interpret life through a natural perspective, not a spiritual one.  And there's a price to pay for that.  Suddenly (although it's really more subtle over a long period of time) I find myself lacking peace, feeling a little lost and running through my days with a higher anxiety concerning what has just happened or what may happen.  I lose the confidence of His promises.  It's as though the Lord has indeed promised that I am standing upon The Rock, but when I look down at my feet I see nothing but mist, and feel only sand under my toes.  And wouldn't you know it, that's when my mind decides to bring up a thought from that mist, born from the unbelief that only sand can produce - "Are His promises true?  Are they true for me?  Is there any hope?"

So listen.  Here's the caveat.  The reason those doubts surface is because we allow our thoughts to wander from His promises.  If we focus on our circumstances that seem to contradict His promises (that's the mist and sand), then we simply need to remember His promises.  We need to return to what He says.  Faith is defined this way - believe in His promises even if everything around us says otherwise.  It's a choice not to be led by circumstance, doubts or feelings, but to be influenced by the sure foundation of the word of God.

When I return to that place of proclaiming my belief in His promises, I rest there and wait on Him.  And something wonderful happens. I look down at my feet and He blows away the mist and sand to reveal The Rock.  The Rock I was standing on the whole time.  How do I know it was always there?  Well, because He promised - to never leave me nor forsake me, that He would bring me into His glory, and that I can trust Him with everything here, now and forever.  I just forgot.

Blessed Inclusion
The Light of His Countenance
 

Comments 2

Guest - Jan on Saturday, 09 August 2014 14:18

Thank you for this wonderful reminder of faith, that God's love never leaves us, that it is us and our thoughts that leave Him.

Thank you for this wonderful reminder of faith, that God's love never leaves us, that it is us and our thoughts that leave Him.
Guest - G.C. Sanchez on Monday, 17 November 2014 02:07

Thank you "PC"/ Pastor Chris for reminding us who we stand on; our solid foundation of Jesus Christ. Praise God that "Being in Christ" is plural; we stand together united and bonded in Christ.

Thank you "PC"/ Pastor Chris for reminding us who we stand on; our solid foundation of Jesus Christ. Praise God that "Being in Christ" is plural; we stand together united and bonded in Christ.
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