2 Samuel 22:47 ‘The LORD lives! Praise to my Rock! May God, the Rock of my salvation, be exalted!’
He has the power to save us. This refers to salvation but extends to include His saving hand in our lives that can rescue and deliver us. His saving power and His saving grace is available right now.
b. THE ROCK OF REFUGE
Isaiah 17:10 ‘For you have forgotten the God of your salvation and have not remembered the Rock of your refuge.’
Psalm 31:2 ‘Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.’
Psalm 94:22 The LORD has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.
He is the Rock even when you are in a hard place.
c. A ROCK OF SHELTER AND OF SHADE
Isaiah 25:4 ‘You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.’
The truth is that storms do come and they are part of life. But in the storm we have a shelter and a shade. If you want to pass through the storms of life and stay standing, there is only one way to do it and this is stand on the Rock! A shelter and shade protects us from destruction.
d. A ROCK OF PROVISION
Exodus 17:6 ‘Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink!’
Deuteronomy 32:12 ‘He nourished them with honey from the rock and olive oil from the stony ground.’
God is the source of every provision.
e. A ROCK OF OFFENSE
1 Peter 2:7-8 “THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER STONE,” and “A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE.”
But God is also a ‘rock of offense’ to some people. Sometimes people do not want to hear the name of Jesus. It strikes something within them that offends them. They would rather use His name as a swear word to try and overcome the challenge and the offense it is to them. Sometimes it can be a ‘rock of offense’ because we just can’t figure God out and perhaps we are disappointed that God did not act in some situation. But we will never understand things from God’s perspective.
f. A ROCK THAT IS A FOUNDATION FOR OUR LIVES
Isaiah 28:26 So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.”
We are all building something. We all build on some or other foundation. Christ is the only foundation. We must build our lives and our futures on Him.
1 Corinthians 3:11-15 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward.
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