…he will be the stability of your times… Isaiah 33:6 ( ESV)
When we were children, Papa decided it was time to find a larger house for his growing family. We settled in a beautiful new home, and Papa’s diligent gardening made our lawn the envy of the neighborhood. It wasn’t long, however, when hairline cracks began to appear in the walls of our dream house, and Papa announced that we’d be moving again.
This time Papa didn’t trust a ready-built house for his family. Not at all. He and Momo found a one-acre lot in a suburban neighborhood, and Papa and a friend built our forever home from the ground up. When it came time to put in the landscaping, it was clear why Papa had chosen this particular neighborhood: under the few inches of topsoil, there was solid rock. The house is still standing, and when last I was inside, there still wasn’t a crack.
2020 was a year none of us will forget. Perhaps, with me, you celebrated New Year’s Day with anticipation of a better year—a new vaccine for the dreaded Covid and the opportunity for our country to return to work and to life as we know it. Perhaps we might even look forward to planning a family trip or a reunion with loved ones we haven’t seen since shut down.
Just barely into January we saw that relief would not be coming soon. From any quarter around us. UNLESS we look to the Rock. Isaiah (51:1-3) from of old exhorts us to:
” Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were cut, and to the quarry from which you were hewn… For the LORD will comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; He will make her wilderness like Eden and her desert like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and melodious song.”
The foundation of our lives, the Rock on which we are built is the only stability that will see us through these stormy times. And he is sufficient. He IS the stability of our times; he will not be shaken; he will not be broken; he will not disappear. Anchored to him, we can weather the tempests, and when they are over, we will still be standing.
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name
On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand. (Robert Critchley)
Father, save us from ourselves and the false notion of self-reliance. We stand in you. In Jesus, our Lord. AMEN.