Rocks are all over on our walk of life. They seem to trip us up. Sometimes we step over, or around them. I think we all have rocks in our lives. They are stumbling blocks or perhaps undisciplined parts of our lives and bodies. I like rocks. In fact I have placed a photo of Ecola Rock as the cover of my first book, Great is God’s Faithfulness. This rock is the center of my life, God. King David, the Psalmist, said, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge” (Psalm 18:2). Rocks can be stumbling blocks or powerful protectors. My purpose for this essay is to say that the “Rock” of David is one we should choose.
I have chosen God as my Rock and my Redeemer. He is my strength and refuge. Yet, I also have other rocks in my life. How is that? Well, when I chose Jesus Christ, the Son of God and God to be my Rock and Salvation, He came into my life and His Holy Spirit was sent to live with and inside of me. God wants to be our guardian and guide. But on this earthly walk we are not yet perfect. God is perfecting us or sanctifying us if we trust in Him. This is a lifelong process. I propose that our lives and bodies are like a large glass cylinder filled with water. The water is the Holy Spirit if we trust in HIm. But there are also rocks or sins in our lives. These rocks take up space that disallows the Holy Spirit to fill us fully. We need to get rid of the rocks by faith and obedience to God and His word, the Bible. The Holy Spirit will “counsel and convict” us of the way to go. He wants you to, “offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God- this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. The you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:1-2).
Yes God has said, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). In fact, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). He tells us that the Spirit of life has set us free from death to righteousness. The Holy Spirit will teach us all things and lead us in the “most excellent way” (1Corinthians 12:31). This way is not possible on our own; we need God in us. We will fall off the trail on our own efforts. “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:30-32). Paul is admonishing us that we were in darkness, “sinful from birth” (Psalm 51:5). This is not something the world believes. Most think that we are good and do bad things sometimes. The truth is that aside from Christ in us, we are darkness, in fact “in futility.” But, “God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all” (1John 1:5). The good news is, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1John 1:9). He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and those of the whole world. We need to recognize this and trust Jesus in His redeeming and purifying work.
For me it is a lifelong struggle. It is getting easier to confess and repent, but I still sin. I do not have constant sin any more for God is in me. But I do grieve that Spirit at times and confess it. God is making me whole and healed from my sinfulness. He wants me to obey and give thanks this Thanksgiving. “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever” (Psalm 118:1). He alone is you Rock.