Our Rock, Our Fortress, Our Savior

When we consider the future and look at the hostility not only worldwide but also in our communities, it is easy for us to become fearful for our safety and, in some cases, our very way of life. We look to those in authority to maintain civility and suppress violence to keep us safe but try as they may, civil unrest, crimes, and wars seem never-ending and continue to draw ever closer to our doorstep. The Bible is replete with examples where the situation often seemed hopeless, times when people put their faith in themselves or others. However, those who put their trust in the Lord found new strength, and that same strength is for us today.

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My soul waits in silence for God only;
From Him is my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.

Psalm 62:1-2

Those beautiful words penned by King David draws from his first-hand experience. In his commentary of Psalm 62, author John Durham shares that David “has been attacked without mercy, and he asks his assailants exasperatedly just how long they plan to keep up the attack… They have made their intention abundantly clear” (p. 295). Everyone, to some degree, can identify with the pressure surrounding David. We have all felt the distress that comes with being attacked either in a physical or mental sense. What we learn from the words shared by David is that our salvation and our strength comes only from the Lord.

It is easy to allow ourselves to ask God why he allows such trails to cross our path, and when God chooses not to tell us why one of two things happen. We will either reinforce our faith in Him or our weaken it with anxiety or fear. Some will even question if God cares or if He is still there. In the video clip below, Reverend Billy Graham, during one of his many worldwide crusades, shares that our faith should not be placed in our leaders or even in ourselves or our money, the One and only person in whom we can fully trust and One who will never, not once, let us down, Jesus Christ.

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As I look back on years past, I can point to three specific devastating life-altering events. In each case, I asked God why, why did He allow that event to happen. That is the same question we see the prophet Habakkuk asking God as he witnesses violence and destruction in Judah. He asked, “How long, Lord, have I called for help, And You do not hear? I cry out to You, ‘Violence!’ Yet You do not save. Why do You make me see disaster, And make me look at destitution?” (Hab. 1:1-3). In the end, Habakkuk learns that God will deal with evil, and He will one day rescue His people, which speaks to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

Habakkuk realized that he must remain firm in His faith and trust that God’s plan will unfold in His perfect timing, in His perfect way, and according to His perfect will. When I look back on my life, I can now see how those three events caused my life’s course to shift, and all of which have brought me to where I am today. If any of those events never happened, who knows where I would be today. I could have ended up being a career firefighter, a life-long sailor, unmarried without family, or worse, I could have long since been dead. I do know this, when we spend time looking back saying “what if…” when we know it cannot change, we miss out on looking ahead to say, “what if…” when the possibilities are endless when we have faith.

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Therefore, in these uncertain times in which we live, take hold of your faith in Jesus Christ and cling to it tightly. Be assured in the innermost recesses of your heart that God has a perfect plan in motion, one that is for the greater good of those who love and trust Him. God said, “For I know the plans that I have for you, plans for prosperity and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jer. 29:11).  When we recall the number of times in life when we relied on ourselves and our own plans failed, what a joy it is to know that God has a perfect plan in place for each of us and all we need to do is trust Him by faith and be obedient to His calling. Yes, it’s that simple!

Perhaps you have yet to accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord. To accept Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord and be cleansed, forgiven of sin, by His life-saving blood, then all you need to do is call upon His name right now in prayer. You can either lift your prayer or use the prayer below as a guide, but remember, you must confess you are a sinner, that you believe Jesus is the Son of God who died on a cross for your sins and that he rose from the grave. You must do this with a heart of repentance, meaning you will turn away from your sin, from that which displeases God. Understand that you are not coming to Christ by way of intellectual ascent, but by faith. Let us pray.

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and ask for your forgiveness with a heart of repentance. By faith, I believe that Jesus is Your only begotten Son who died on a cross for my sins. I believe that you raised Him from the dead and that He now sits at Your right hand. I humbly confess Him as my Savior and Lord, and I welcome the Holy Spirit into my life to help and guide me along the narrow path that leads to eternal life in heaven. Thank Father, and I lift this prayer to You in the blessed and holy name of Jesus, Amen.

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If you prayed that prayer or lifted your own to invite Jesus into your life as your Savior and Lord, welcome to the family of God! We ask that you please leave a comment below so we can rejoice with you and pray for you. Please be encouraged to also contact a Christian friend or your local Bible-believing church and tell your friend or someone at the church that you accepted Jesus into your life. That person will gladly guide you in the steps ahead to help you grow stronger in your faith and closer to God.


References:
Durham, J. I. (1971). Psalms. C. J. Allen (Ed.) The Broadman Bible Commentary – Vol. 4. (pp. 153-464). Nashville, TN: Broadman Press.


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