Hold to the Rock of Ages…

Hold to the Rock of Ages…

Storms of life and trials that endure for years, some even for decades, can rob us at times of our inward strength, abilities, and energies. The enemy, God’s enemy, begins to believe that he is winning over our “will,” and even God’s will for our life, and that we will eventually become a “quitter” on God. But, God’s children are not “quitters.”

Perhaps, at one point you were strong in the Lord, obedient, determined, dedicated, and totally dependent upon His leading in your life…For years and years you faithfully served God and others in His loving protection, promises, and provisions…But, suddenly, the unseen protective Hands of God seemed to vanish from you life and the enemies’ thunder, lightnings, and clouds were all you could see. At first, you thought the violent storm would eventually pass over; but it didn’t. Instead of passing by, it stopped right over you and stayed much longer than you ever anticipated or prepared yourself for. In the midst of the ongoing storm you tried to find your wits and sense of it all, but they seemed lost in the swelling tides of the storm. After a while, your senses began to dull and you didn’t know how to behave or handle the plethora of emotions that were bombarding your heart and mind practically daily; minute by minute. Somedays you were able to find solace in Prayer and Scripture readings, but then the next day everything is filled with added turmoil and uncertainities…To say the least, the enemy has you on the run…And, it appears to be a “run for your life,” except for one thing…The more you run the more you run into obstacles that hurt and harm you…You know that you need to stand still but standing still in such a strong storm goes against every grain in your mind and body.

The natural voices within tell you to run…It’s the old, “fight or flight” sydrome…By running I mean, “fix it,” “do something,” or, “make it go away.” Even though you know the verse, “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord,” all too well you still feel the need to “do something,” because if you don’t the storm will overtake your life and “all” will be lost. So, you are in a quandary and nothing in life makes sense to you anymore. And, believe me I know, that when you are experiencing such a long, long lasting storm many of your friends and family will tend to depart…After all, it’s your storm; not their’s…Thankfully, you do experience short, brief periods of “sunshine” when the thunder and lightnings cease momentarily, but when they return they return with a vengence…One minute you are up and the next second you are down being tossed under the raging waters’ currents…No one, and I mean NO ONE, seems willing to throw you a “life- line” of rescue. Most of the people you know are just standing on the sidelines of life shaking their heads in disbelief as they watch you try to balance the strong and ever stronger waves pounding upon the seashore of your battled-life…They don’t want to “see it.” They don’t want to “hear it.” So, they look the other way…To them, it’s just too taxing to watch you endure…

Sadly, those once closest to you start to lose faith in “your faith” and start believing that you are all “washed up.” To them, you are a wreck; a train wreck; a crash; a plane crash…They may even accuse you of being a “nut case.” It appears that All the works and efforts of your past have been destroyed layer by layer…You feel spiritually exhausted, naked, ravished, and ashamed.

Why me, Lord? Why me? You ask yourself over and over…But, wait…Why NOT me? Who am I not to endure such heartaches and trials? Why should I be any different than any other human being on planet Earth who also endures personal trials and defeats at various times within their lives? What team player wins 100% of the time? Who hasn’t thrown a few foul balls in their time or struck out? Who among us is Perfect, let him cast the first stone? Even my own Savior was persecuted, stripped of his garments, and nailed to a Cross…What world do I think I live? Do I wish to live where “all” is happy, happy, happy 24/7? That world does not exist; well, not YET anyway. But, it will one day for those of us who are alive in Christ Jesus! For we will be where He is and we will ALL be happy, happy, happy 24/7…But, until then….we must learn to endure…to carry our own Cross…to know that we know that we know that God is on our side…

With God on our side, and in our hearts, we are more than a conqueror through Him… We can say with full assurance, “I will survive…I will endure…I will see the SONSHINE again upon my life…I will learn to know both defeat and victory as it is appointed unto man to know…Until then, Glory, Glory, and More Glory unto the God who gives and takes away…Praise be unto His Holy Name!”

After the storm passes, and, yes, my friend, it will one day pass…we will rebuild upon the Blessed Rock of Ages…we will cut our losses and we will rebuild…We will survive the many hurricanes, the tsunami, the tornadoes, the floods, and the raging seas with all of its fury to one day stand stronger and taller upon our Foundation of Faith (God’s Faith) not built upon sand, but upon the everlasting, Blessed Rock of Ages! Until then, my heart will go on singing…until then I will Praise His Name…until then I will HOLD TO THE Blessed ROCK OF AGES…Until Then I Will Go to the Rock of Ages! Amen…

Remember, Even in the Storm, God Still Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author

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