Lent Reflections – Waiting on the Rock For the Blessed Hope

Today’s Scripture Readings
Psalm 95, 31, 35
Deut 7:12-16
Titus 2:1-15
John 1:35-42

When I am going through hard times in my life, times that seem hopeless, I wonder: Is God truly my “Rock?”  Is He the most stationary thing in my life? Do I depend on Him for my foundation? Do I rely on Him as my protection, as my hope, as my everything?

These are the question that I am asking myself today.

When the Bible speaks of God as our “rock,” it speaks of Him as the immovable boulder in our lives. It’s not only that our lives are better with Him, but more to the fact that without Him we are helpless and hopeless.

I guess one of the pictures that runs through my head when I read through these scriptures is – that of a man, who went for a swim at the beach, and moments later, found himself in the middle of an ocean feeling lost and completely hopeless, wondering if he would ever be rescued, or if he would first be overtaken by the waves, or a monster of the sea. Days go by, and it seems like no one even notices him missing. And then desperately swimming, with little strength and shortness of breath, at that last moment, when he loses all hope, he feels something solid under his feet. Startled by it, he turns around only to see a huge rocky mountain in the middle of that ocean.

All of a sudden, a glimmer of hope gives him enough energy to climb to safety. He knows that his only hope is to wait on the safety of that mountain, until the day someone comes from the sky to rescue him. Without that mountain, there is no life. Without that mountain, there is no hope. Without that mountain, there is no protection, only dangerous waters surrounding him. That rocky mountain is his everything.

I think we’ve all gone through hard times, and depressing seasons. Maybe for some of us, it’s been worse than others. But I know for sure, that every time I have been “washed out to sea,” the God of grace has always been my “rock.” Through the “toughest” of times, my Rock is even “tougher.” And as I wait in faith, He promises to rescue me.

Titus 2:11-14 says:  “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘no’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”

The grace of God is that very rock that has appeared to all of us – and it brings salvation. And even if there are some hard times in this life that seem hopeless, I know that my Redeemer is coming with the clouds to bring me to a way better life on the other side of eternity, so I stay on that Rock and I wait for “The Blessed Hope” – and His name is “Jesus!”

Father – be my Rock, be my strength, be my savior, be my everything – In Jesus name- Amen

Image of Mount Kenya from Wikimedia Commons

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