Tuesday, April 2, 2019

“As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him…” (1 Peter 2:4 NIV)

Everything seems to be in flux all around us.  We hear about wars, rumors of wars, terrorism, economic uncertainty, and hearts melt with fear and insecurity.  We try to look to world or national leaders and other people we respect and find that they, too, are up and down with every news cycle.  Follow politics, and that’s even worse.  Everything always seems to be moving on you.  What to do?

When nothing seems stable, let’s follow the words of the Psalmist, who said of God’s people, “They remembered that God was their Rock…” (Psalm 78:35).  In another Psalm, David asks, “Who is the Rock except our God?” (Psalm 18:31).  And, finally, in desperation as his heart grows faint within him because of his situation, the Psalmist David cries, “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Psalm 61:2). 

David knew that in the midst of uncertainty and attacks from enemies around him, God was unchanging and unmovable.  And that was before the coming of Jesus to this earth to die for our sins so that we could have eternal life and a restored relationship with the Father; before Jesus rose again and ascended to heaven and sent us the promised Holy Spirit to dwell inside every believer and to enable us to walk in a manner worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Jesus alluded to himself as “the stone the builders rejected [which] has become the cornerstone” (Matthew 21:42).  Later on, the apostle Peter in his New Testament letter, quoting the prophecy of Isaiah, referred to Christ in the following way:  “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame” (1 Peter 2:6).

Praise the Lord!  Jesus is our Rock, and those who trust in him will never be put to shame!  Other Scripture translations of the same verse say that those who trust in him will never be disappointed.  What a wonderful promise to hold on to in days of uncertainty, when everything upon which we might want to lean seems to be giving way.  Our God is a Rock!  Jesus is a Rock!  We can put all of our weight and care upon him, and he remains the same, yesterday, today, and forever!

Read 1 Peter 2:4-10.

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