I Go to the Rock
So many religious theories have people looking within themselves for salvation. But if the answer was simply within ourselves, would there be so many lost people? The answer we all want is one that is bigger than us. Anyone who has ever tried to depend on a human when the world was falling apart around them knows humans can only do so much. We need something and Somebody outside of ourselves that has proven to be dependable, and then we can have faith and trust. Our Heavenly Father will prove Himself to anyone who seeks and searches with a pure heart, and anyone who finds Him will learn that He is the Rock of Our Salvation–steady, unmovable, and dependable.
In today’s reading from Numbers 20:7 through Numbers 20:13, Moses is face to face with another situation that requires moving a rock. As happened before, the people of Israel are thirsty, and there is no water around. The last time this happened, God told Moses to strike the rock with his staff, and water came pouring out of it. This time, however, God tells Moses to speak to the rock and tell it to produce water.
Now, Moses knows that God is dependable because he has seen it first hand over and over again. He is frustrated with the whining of the people who have also seen it but refuse to put their trust in The Almighty. For whatever reason was in his mind or heart, Moses fell back on what he knew worked from the former event instead of trusting God’s direction for his current situation. He hit the rock instead of speaking to it. The water still came forth, but Moses lost something precious in the process.
God speaks to Moses and Aaron and tells them that because they didn’t trust in Him, it would cause the people of Israel to not regard Him as holy like they should. Because of this, Moses and Aaron will not be escorting the people of Israel into The Promised Land. The place where the water flowed was then named Meribah Spring meaning “contention” because it where the people and Moses strived against the Lord instead of trusting Him and seeing Him as holy even though He was showing Himself as Holy among them.
There is a song with the same title as this blog, and the lyrics to the chorus are…
I go to The Rock of my salvation, I go to The Stone that the builders rejected, Run to The Mountain and The Mountain stands by me. When the earth all around me is sinking sand, On Christ The Solid Rock I stand. When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to The Rock.
Scripture in the New Testament refers to the Old Testament when it says, “The Rock that followed them was Christ.” The full verse from 1 Corinthians 10:4 in The Amplified Bible says…
And they all drank the same spiritual (supernaturally given) drink. For they drank from a spiritual Rock which followed them [produced by the sole power of God Himself without natural instrumentality], and the Rock was Christ.
If we turn to Him, we know we have a trustworthy source of salvation, strength, deliverance, power, authority, protection, and so much more. He will free those in bondage who seek Him; He will comfort those in misery who turn to Him; and He will give eternal life to those who are willing to die to this flesh and doing things their own way and let Christ live within them. Instead of turning to yourself, or some other human, for answers that cannot be found in humanity, go to The Rock that has proven Himself faithful since the beginning of time on this rock we call Earth.
And in case you’ve never heard it, here’s the song mentioned above…
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