Built on the Rock

"Trust in the Lord forever; for in the Lord, the Lord, is an everlasting Rock.” Isaiah 26:4 (TLV)

What does it mean to be “built on the rock?”

Throughout the Scriptures, there are many references to God being our “Rock”. The Rock of salvation. The Rock of Israel. Moses figuratively described God as the “rock” (Deut. 32:4). The psalmists and poets sang of God being their rock. Many others throughout the Bible spoke of Him in the same way.

When B’nei Yisrael was in the wilderness, God commanded Moses to strike the rock. Moses obeyed and water came from it (Ex. 17:6). This miraculous deed provided water for the people and demonstrated God’s power. When Moses was on the mountain, God placed him in the cleft of the rock and covered him so that he would not die as His glory passed by (Ex. 33:22). The rock was Moses’ hiding place in which he stood so that he could live.

A rock is a hard, strong substance. It can’t be moved. It is impermeable. It can act as a strong, resilient foundation and shelter. Thus God is metaphorically our Rock. He is our refuge and stronghold; the foundation for our lives.

Life is unpredictable. It’s full of challenges, trials, and the unexpected. It can become unstable or even seem like a never-ending maze. When we place Yeshua and His Torah as our foundation, we are trusting God to take care of us and lead us through the journey of life. After all He is in control of every situation. By making Him our foundation, we will be as Yeshua said, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house; and yet it did not fall, for its foundation had been built on the rock,” (Matthew 7:24 & 25).

Like a rock, He is a firm foundation. Upon Him, we shall not have any need to worry or fear. A storm could come or an earthquake could hit, yet we’ll still be standing because our foundation is strong. What better stronghold could we have than to have it built on the Rock?

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