Over the past few days, an old hymn has been going around and around in my head.
The Solid Rock Words by Edward Mote, Lyrics by William B. Bradbury
- 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,
All other ground is sinking sand.
When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.
His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.
When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.
It is easy to place our hope in other things during the so-called good times. We look at all of our stuff, pat ourselves on the back as we contemplate how wise and talented we are. It's pretty sad that when things are going well, we like to take credit for everything. Yet, when the house of cards comes tumbling down, we never point the finger at ourselves even if the crash actually was our own fault. Before someone tries to correct me, I want to stress that I certainly understand calamity is not always our own fault. Stuff happens. However, if we are honest with ourselves, we have to admit that sometimes the collapse is due to our own carelessness or greed.
When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay.
Do we really believe these words? I know I believe them more than I ever have. Whether we want it to happen or not, there will be at least one time in our life (and probably many more in between) when the lights will suddenly go down. The laughter will stop and a cold wind will start to blow ominously. Many of those around you (sometimes everyone), will head off to find the next party leaving you behind standing in the dark. They may leave you with a mess to clean up. They may leave you lonely and afraid in the dark. They may leave you alone to face the terrible dragon who is suddenly standing over you.
This is when you must force yourself to look through the darkness and peer through the storm. This is when you must force yourself to remember that Jesus Christ is your hope and stay. He stands firm when everything collapses around you. He is there when everyone else has fled. He stays even when the party is over. Why? Simply because He loves you? Why? Simply because you're you. It doesn't make any sense. It really doesn't but God can love whoever he wants, can't he? He can and he does!
Our hope must not be in ourselves or our stuff. If it is, we will find ourselves sitting on a trash heap in despair. Our hope must be in the Solid Rock which is Christ Jesus!1 I love you, Lord; you are my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. 3 I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies. Psalm 18:1-3 (NLT)
That is one of my favorite songs! Wonderful blog sister! Christ is our Hope and Solid Rock and He will never fall. So why do we tend to go to other things for our hope?Sometimes it confuses me because I know that Christ will not fall but everything else seems so much better.
Thanks for the reminder.
One question I ask myself, Do I really, really trust God to take care of me? Why do I insist in trusting in myself to deliver? Why is man that way? And when will I really come to trust God with my life?
When and after the decipile were with Jesus on a boat and Jesus said to them, beware of the leaven of the Pharassees...And they said, we have one loaf? And he rebuked them and reminded them of how many he had fed with 5 loaves and two fish and how he had repeated the miracle again for them.
Now we ask ourselves how many sunrises and sunset will God have to do for us to trust him. How many miracles do we need to earn his trust? May you be blessed. Amen.