Rest Upon the Rock
Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. - Isaiah 26:4
Seeing that we have such a God to trust, let us rest upon Him with all our weight; let us resolutely drive out all unbelief and endeavor to get rid of doubts and fears, which spoil our comfort, since there is no excuse for fear when God is the foundation of our trust. A loving parent would be sorely grieved if his child could not trust him; and how ungenerous, how unkind is our conduct when we put so little confidence in our heavenly Father, who has never failed us and who never will.
It would be good if doubting was banished from the household of God; but it is to be feared that old Unbelief is as nimble today as when the psalmist asked, "Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favorable?"1 David had not tested the mighty sword of the giant Goliath for long, and yet he said, "There is none like that."2 He had tried it once in the hour of his youthful victory, and it had proved itself to be of the right metal, and therefore he praised it ever afterwards.
Even so should we speak well of our God; there is none like unto Him in the heaven above or the earth beneath. "To whom will you liken me and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be alike?"3 There is no rock like the rock of Jacob, our enemies themselves being judges. So far from tolerating doubts to live in our hearts, we will take the whole detestable crew, as Elijah did the prophets of Baal, and slay them over the brook; and for a stream to kill them at, we will select the sacred torrent that flows from our Savior's wounded side. We have been in many trials, but we have never yet been placed where we could not find in our God all that we needed. Let us then be encouraged to trust in the Lord forever, assured that His ever-lasting strength will be, as it has been, our deliverance and comfort.
1 Psalm 77:7 2 1 Samuel 21:9 3 Isaiah 46:5
Family Bible reading plan
verse 1 Jeremiah 1
verse 2 Matthew 15
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