God is My Rock

This week on Facebook I asked an important question: how has God been your rock? I think it’s important to talk about God as our rock, as well as the people in our lives who have been a rock for us because there comes a time in your life (or several times) when you just can’t handle it all on your own. There’s no shame in admitting you can’t do it all and that you’re not perfect. In fact, doing so can make you a stronger, more confident, more fulfilled person because you’re no longer chasing things that you don’t need in your life.

But even for those of us who aren’t trying to do everything, sometimes life just is too much for us to handle alone. It’s why we have doctors and lawyers and police officers and farmers and home builders, among many others who make our lives work a little easier. It’s these people we turn to when we need some expertise that we don’t have or need some muscle that we don’t have. We put our trust in these men and women believing that they’ll be there to support us when we need them. Yes, they are human so sometimes they mess up just like we do, but overall we are able to rely on them in our times of need.

Unlike humans, God isn’t going to screw up or not be available or not be strong enough. God also goes with us and grows with us, there’s no stage of our lives we can reach that He won’t be able to help us through it because He is God.  He’s the most reliable and trustworthy person in the world and beyond.  He won’t let you down when you need Him most.  Even if you don’t see an act of God (a big answer to your prayer), He may send someone or something your way to reassure you or help you get to the next step of your journey.  How will God be your rock this week?

“I am the Lord, and I do not change…” Malachi 3:6

Exploring God

This month one of the things we’re talking about is the topic of exploring. I think it’s important for us to spend time exploring as part of our lives, I don’t think it’s healthy for us to stay in our little bubbles and not consider the other people and parts of the world that surround us. I don’t think that God wants us to stay in our little bubbles either, otherwise we won’t be able to share the Good News with the world. But the more I explore the world, the more I hear, the more people I meet, the more I learn that there are some things that don’t change and are universal around the world. These are things like family, enjoying sunshine, wanting to be loved, the power of love, the challenge and power of communication, and the joy of being a child are universal.

Something else that won’t change no matter where you go or what you do is God. That’s not something that I say because it sounds good or just something I believe, it’s something God has committed to. Malachi 3:6 says “I am the Lord, and I do not change…” With that verse in mind we can go through the whole Bible and explore who God is and get to know Him, knowing that what the Bible shares about Him is true and hasn’t changed. Yes, there are things that have changed from when the Bible was written to today with regard to culture/society, but that’s not the case with God. God has remained the same and that’s a good thing.

This week I would encourage you to explore the Bible on who God is and take time to explore your relationship with Him in a new way. Maybe it’s starting a lunch time devotional time or taking walks in the woods or parks to talk with God (without listening to something on your phone/audio device), maybe it’s memorizing a verse or delving into a particular aspect of who He is as the Bible shares, or maybe it’s joining a Facebook group or local group to do a devotional each week. What will you do to deepen and explore your relationship with God this week?