Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Standing not Sitting - A Dose of Encouragement 24

     
  There is a seaside resort called Portrush on the northern coastline of Northern Ireland, which has a headland jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean.  This area is called Ramore Head and all along the shore are beautiful but rugged rocks.


         When we were living in the State of Delaware in America many years ago we took a trip to visit seven of the north-eastern states; and there in the smallest state of Rhode Island, in the picturesque town of Newport, we found the same type of rugged shoreline as at Ramore Head.  

         We stood on the rocks, sat on the rocks, took photographs, and laughed in the breeze that was blowing in from over the ocean - we felt "at home" on these rocks.


            Perhaps it was because of these memories, that a picture the Lord gave me a few months later in church one Sunday morning, seemed to really touch me deeply.  

I saw a figure of a man, tall and dark, standing on a rock facing out over the ocean. Even though the wind was blowing strongly, this person was standing firm. 

I was sure this man felt secure as he stood on that rock.




              There is only one rock that we can be secure on and that is the Lord our God.  

Several times in the bible we read that God is our rock. 

I like the personal touch in 2 Samuel 22 v 2 where David started his song of praise to God (after he was delivered from Saul) with the phrase:

                                    “The Lord is my rock”   (RSV)

and also in Psalm 31 v 3  where he says

                        “Yea Thou art my rock and my fortress”.  (RSV)


          So what type of a rock is our God?  

Well in the picture I saw a large, firmly placed rock that gave a good foothold.  There was no fear of stumbling or sliding off; the rock was good enough for the man to stand steady and at peace in the wind. 

I believe that illustrates the type of rock our God is!  He’s dependable, solid, firm, sure and steadfast; we need have no fear of anything else when we have such a foundation to stand on.

As I considered the picture, I sensed the most important thing was that this man was not sitting, but standing on the rock.    He was standing firm, standing boldly, not being swayed by the wind; not sitting/crouching scared of the wind.  

In Ephesians ch. 6 we read about the armour of God, each part of it is important but Paul stresses three times that we must not only put on the armour but we must also stand

·         We need to be able to stand against the devil’s schemes v.11

·         We need to be able to stand our ground and after we've done everything else to still stand v. 13

·         We must stand firm v. 14             (NIV)

            We are exhorted to stand not sit, perhaps because sitting might lead us to relax (let our minds wander and not be alert) when God is really saying:

                        “Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.”
                                                                                                1 Cor. 16 v 13   (RSV)

           
The man in the picture I saw definitely seemed to feel "at home" on the rock. 



Do you feel "at home" on the rock?
Are you putting all your trust in God?



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21 comments:

  1. I'm a visual person and I need those pictures to drive the lesson home for me sometimes. Thank you for sharing this!

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    1. Hi Jenn, yes a picture in our mind does help with the lesson and also for the memory. Thanks for the encouragement.

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  2. You know how warm a rock gets in the sunshine? The SONshine on the Rock does the same thing. This was a dose of encouragment, Sandra. Thank you! ~Pamela

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    1. Lovely thought and thanks for the encouragement Pamela

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  3. I love this picture! And thank you for the reminder that God is our rock. What a powerful truth. In my 20s and during the loss of three parents in the space of 10 months I felt like a leaf, tossed about in the wind. It is only recently that I realized that as a Christian I have something firmer in place. This world may toss troubles our way but God is there, always guarding us with His protection and promises. Thank you for sharing on Christian Mommy Blogger.

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    1. Yes Michelle it is through the hard times that we really prove He is the firm rock. Thanks for dropping in.

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  4. This was a great post to read after we have had gale force winds blowing all night. It's winter here in South Africa, so our weather is wild right now. God bless! Tina from Amanda's Books and More at http://abooksandmore.blogspot.com

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    1. We can all understand an illustration better when it has a personal meaning for us. Thanks for dropping in

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  5. Yes there is safety by standing on the Rock Christ Jesus. I was reminded of the old hymn, Standing on the promises and standing and standing. Thank you for sharing your lovely post with us here at “Tell Me a Story.” http://letmetelluastory.blogspot.com/

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    1. Standing on the promises indeed Hazel. Amen.

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  6. I have many rocks in my yard and in my house, b/c I am in love with rocks, b/c it is a huge reminder of my Rock. I have rocks from Morocco, too [not BIG, but nice], Uganda, Costa Rica, England, and many, many from a variety of states. I can't forget my Rock and know He's in many other nations, too. And the rocks look nice, BTW... not messing up the yard or the house. When I die, my kids, grandkids, Bhutanese, church friends, and friends around the nation, can take rocks home as a gift from me. Dave would send them or take them to our Ugandan kids and grandkids. Rocks are a gift, around the world.

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    1. Amazing Caryjo, yes He is our rock.

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  7. Amen! Thank you for sharing these encouraging verses of scripture to remind us that He is our Rock, our only firm foundation. Blessings!

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    1. Thanks Angel, by the way I love your Salt and light graphic on your blog, very clear, simple and effective.

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  8. Sandra, thanks for the reminder that we can stand on the Rock. We don't have to sit or cling to it as if it were unsteady and about to slip out from under us. He is the firm foundation that we can stand on! Great post, and I appreciate you linking up to Testimony Tuesday!

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  9. I long to always feel at home on the rock. This visual will remind me to stand firm!

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    1. Hi again, glad you dropped in & stand firm.

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  10. This time apart from my husband has surely revealed to me that He is my rock. I could not do this without Him. The verses from Eph. 6 have been my go-to verses . . . the reminder to stand firm in Him. Great post, Sandra. Thank you for sharing with Three Word Wednesday. Blessings. xoxo

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    1. Thanks Beth, you are right God gives us much help to hold on to.

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  11. I have learned that God MUST be my rocks or I will crumble like the sinking sand. He is a rock not only on which I stand, but one of those nifty rocks that forms a cavern to shelter me from the storm. So appreciate your heart behind this, Sandra.

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    1. Amen Sharita, I love comments that bring our another little bit of the message.

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