If I said, “The Rock is going to be here in a few minutes,” would you expect to see Dwayne Johnson? Or if I said, “That floor is as solid as a rock,” would you expect it to feel strong and solid under your feet? If I said about a man, “He’s a Rock”, you would expect to see a man with ripped abs and big, muscled arms, right?
Tonight, two hymns were going through my mind, I closed my eyes and could see and hear my parents singing, it was so real that tears fell as I listened to, “Oh Rock of Ages, hide Thou, me, there is no other refuge can save but Thee.” Then I thought of the song, “Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee.” I knew there were many references to the word rock in the Bible so I looked and found 128 references to it.
Last night I lay in my bed, which is on the top floor, and listened as the rain and wind whipped against my windows I wished for a place to hide. I prayed and asked God to put a hedge around us and to protect the stray dog I have been feeding as I wondered where he was hiding from the storm. I thought of the illustration, I have heard about the bird safely tucked into her nest, which was built into the cleft of a rock, while the storm raged around her, and how the rock represented strength and protection.
Psalm 18:12 I love you, God—you make me strong. God is bedrock under my feet, the castle in which I live, my rescuing knight. My God—the high crag where I run for dear life, hiding behind the boulders, safe in the granite hideout. 18:31 “For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a Rock, except our God?”
There are many Psalms that refer to God as our Rock, our defense and our salvation. Do you remember the little song we used to sing in Sunday school, “The wise man built his house upon the rock, and when the rains came down and the floods came up, the house on the Rock stood firm.”? It goes on to say, “The foolish man built his house upon the sands, and when the rains came down and the floods came up, his house came tumbling down”. Another favorite hymn says, “How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, Is laid for your faith in His excellent word! ”
1Corinthians 10:4 For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. That Rock is still Christ. “On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.”
Jesus made a promise to us, Hebrews 13:5 He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. He is your Rock of salvation.
I choose Jesus over Dwayne Johnson any time to be my Rock!