Have you ever been in those seasons of life where you want nothing more than just to sit down and do nothing for a little while except enjoy the silence, but there is seriously no time for that? There is always something to do, somewhere to go, someone to call or email, and on and on? I am definitely in one of those seasons. Ready for everything to just stop. Now.
My mind has been racing about all sort of things, and I have even had a hard time keeping focused during my quiet times early in the morning. I find myself getting ahead of myself…planning out the day before I have listened to the Creator of my day.
This morning I woke up earlier and the Name of God I was reading about was ELOHI TSURI, My God My Rock.
“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge.” 2 Samuel 22:2-3
“Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:47-49
I was reminded that God is my Rock, my immovable foundation. He is my safety, my refuge, my fortress, shield, stronghold and deliverer—just like He was to David when he would literally hide among rocks and in caves.
I read one of my favorite verses, found in Psalm 73:26: “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Mary Kassian says, “The word translated strength is actually the Hebrew word rock.”
Here is what the verse could read like: My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the Rock of my heart and my portion forever.”
I needed that. God is the ROCK that I can anchor my heart to! I need Him to anchor my thoughts (especially when they are racing about too many things). I need Him to anchor my desires to Him (especially this time of year when our desires can sometimes be easily aroused and off target). Target? Did someone say Target? (See what I mean?!) I need Him to anchor my hurting heart to Him (because life is sometimes hard). I need Him to anchor my needs to Him so that I am sure to go to Him and find Him sufficient.
He is the Rock! Immovable, strong, steadfast, faithful.
“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.” Psalm 62:1-2
Perfectly, Mary Kassian ends this devotion by asking me to sit in silence before the Lord and see what He wants to say to me. Sit in silence. That was what I have been wanting all along during this busy season. And here God was offering it to me freely.
And you know what? It was heavenly. He spoke. He put His gracious finger on several areas of my life and there was freedom right here in my bedroom.
“The Rock! His work is perfect, for all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, righteous and upright is He.” Deuteronomy 32:4