The Unmovable Rock
Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn. (Isaiah 51:1)
Tuesday, Fourth Week of Easter
Father in this holy season we come to know the full depth of your love. You have freed us from the darkness of sin and death. Help us to cling to you, our Rock, with fidelity. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
When trials and troubles hit us, when the world around us is filled with anxious thoughts, we are invited to look to the Rock.
In Isaiah 51, God points Israel back to Abraham and Sarah, their ancestors and invites his people to remember what God did for them. They were just one couple facing the whole world. God says, “He was but one when I called him, that I might bless him and multiply him. For the Lord comforts Zion; he comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song.”
What a word of comfort. The passage speaks about what God alone did for Abraham. God was the One who made Abraham a great nation. God was the one who protected and provided. God kept his promises to Abraham and Sarah. History has proven it to be true. Over and over again, nations and rulers have tried to overthrow the people who were descended from Abraham. And yet, God was faithful to his promise, and none succeeded. God alone is the reason why.
Today we rejoice that God is our Rock, and our Refuge, an ever present help in time of need. He has established Jesus to be our firm foundation. During this season of Easter, we are also walking through a corona virus wilderness. As we journey along, may we pursue his ways of righteousness, and seek the Lord. Christ alone is the Rock on which we stand! May he turn our wilderness around and make it to be like paradise, filled with thanksgiving, gladness, and joyful song to the glory of God!
Standing firm in Jesus,
Pastor Langdon Reinke
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