Megan Evans, Women’s MInistry Director, LHBC
3You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
4 Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
Aren’t we thankful today that our sure foundation does not depend upon the strength of our own rock? I would surely crumble under the world’s weight, wouldn’t you? God’s Word assures us that we don’t have to build our faith upon crumbling pebbles and crushed gravel. He wants us to experience so much more!
Jesus offers peace and assurance. Relying on ourselves offers little stability, and as a result, peace is rarely present. When I trust in myself, I fail…I flounder…I fear. “Self” is the opposite of a sure foundation. “Self” is wavering and prone to accidents. Yet, how many times do we place assurance in our own assessment and understanding of situations? God’s Word tells us to stay our mind on Him instead.
A scar on my wrist reminds me of how uncertain our own surefootedness really is. While playing tennis on a clay court one year, I overreached for a ball throwing my body off balance. As I tried to come to a sudden stop on the hard clay, I fell and continued to slide through the sandy grit. My shoes were no match for the momentum that was fighting against the sun-dried grains of packed clay beneath my feet.
Thankfully, our faith doesn’t have to settle for grit and gravel! We can place our feet upon the Everlasting Rock, the sure foundation for our steps. On this rock, hope abounds. Isaiah writes that the Lord God is an everlasting rock, and that this rock is a place of perfect peace where our minds are invited to stay. Where is your mind today? Has it slipped off of the perfect rock of Christ’s foundation? Absence of peace is perhaps our clue that “self” has become the terrain of the day.
Steady your feet upon the Rock of Christ. Dig your fingers into the unwavering boulder of His strong Word. Pray…talk and listen to the One who loves you most.
Let Jesus reshape your landscape underfoot. The Rock of Ages is also our Shepherd, and we can trust His sure ground and pathway. We can stop trying to figure everything out on our own, and instead trust in the Lord with all our heart. We can stop relying on our own understanding, and let the Lord show us the way instead (Proverbs 3:5-6). “The path of the righteous is level; you make level the way of the righteous” (Isaiah 26:7).
Stay your mind upon the Lord God today. He keeps in perfect peace those who trust in Him. Don’t settle for gravel when you can have everlasting rock. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Father God, steady my feet today and point them to Christ. Forgive me for the times I have tried to be my own foundation. Remind me to put my trust in you when I am tempted to rely on myself. Thank you for sending your son, Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior, my everlasting rock. Amen.
MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.