Sand Castles and Rock Fortresses

This blog post is based on Psalms 62. In this Psalm there is a repetition of thought from King David; verses 1-2 and 5-6. Various scriptures came to my mind as I read this Psalm. The first was Isaiah 40:28-31; Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. 29 He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power.
30 Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, 31 Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.  The emphasis here is the waiting on the LORD. I find it difficult at times to wait. In this microwave, instantaneous gratification society we live in makes waiting an inconvenience. Waiting has good results if we are the patient to wait on the LORD. Most of the time believers get frustrated and anxious when trying to move faster and to have to wait on someone else. The Lord is not in a hurry, and He is never late. The advantages of waiting on God to work, takes the burden of results off me. I also can renew my strength through the resting/waiting time. Another aspect of these duplicated verse is Waiting in Silence. I have seen several radical instances of impatient “road rage” because someone was delayed by another driver – silent they were not! In our waiting, we are to trust in the Lord for the delay. In John 11, Mary and Martha had to learn this valuable lesson from Jesus who waited extra days before going to Bethany to raise Lazarus from the dead. In waiting for the Lord to act, we are not to just do nothing, but in prayerful silence – no whining and belly aching about the delay. If we really want what God wants then we will not take matters into our own hands like Abraham and Sarah did with Hagar. Now that was a lesson in waiting that has not gone away! King Saul lost his throne because he didn’t wait for Samuel the Priest to come and offer sacrifices, but instead took matters into his own hands.

Another aspect of these verses is how we build on our faith. Matthew 7:24-27 tells of two people building their lives on two extremely different foundations. One chose sand, the other chose rock. As it goes, storms come to all in life, the waves will thunder against the foundation of our life – depending on the contraction material is the result of whether the house remained. It seems that to build on sand, you can make a wonderful sand castle, the only problem is it gets washed away at the first wave of conflict or storms. But with the Rack foundation, one has to carve out with much tenuous labor I might add a place to live. It may take longer and be a hard laborious task, but it holds up. This isn’t to say the thunderous waves won’t cause fear and anxiety, but they Rock will hold. The song, of My Anchor holds in Christ the solid Rock – this rock is Jesus. We are secure in Christ, we are protected and loved. Can we not wait for Him to act?  The Psalmist goes on to says, The Rock of my salvation, My stronghold; I will not be shaken. The Rock of our salvation isn’t just to ride out the storm, but to seek refuge, protection in the arms of God. A quiet place of comfort and strength. This is confidence in Christ. Proverbs 3:5-6 tell us to not lean on our own understanding, but in all our ways acknowledge Him and He will direct our paths. The waiting may be difficult, but the wait is worth it!

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