TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, April 30, 2018:
A foundation; strength; a large stone or cliff symbolic of shelter or safety.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, the God of my strength, in whom will I trust, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my Savior.
II Samuel 22:2-3.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
These verses in II Samuel are David’s song of praise to God on the day that God delivered David from his enemies and from Saul. David was the greatest king of Israel, but he is remembered for his deep devotion to God. God called David a man after His own heart in Acts 13:22. David’s faith in God never wavered. He always acknowledged that the Lord was his rock and fortress and that it was God who gave him his victories.
David used the word rock numerous times in reference to God. The word “rock’ brings to mind the concept of strength. A rock is hard and firm. Rock was used to build walls and fortresses for protection in Bible times. Today we use the term “solid as a rock’ in reference to things we consider strong and reliable.
Most families have one person who stands out and is considered “THE ROCK” for the family. That person seems to be always available when needed for counselling, advice or comfort.
For the family of believers, God is our Rock. He is always available and He is unchanging. In Psalm 31:3 David said; “For You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your names sake lead me and guide me.” When we put our complete trust in Him, we can depend on Him to strengthen us and guide us every day through the ups and downs of our life.
Jesus is our “ROCK” and He is always with us. In Ezekiel 35:10 it reads, “Whereas the Lord was there.” After Israel and Judah had been destroyed by the Assyrians and the Babylonians because they had rejected God, the princes of Edom saw this whole country desolate and felt they could easily acquire the land for themselves. But they ran into difficulty that they did not count on. This land was the Promised Land that God had chosen for His people, the Children of Israel and even though they had fallen away from God, the land was still God’s chosen land for His people and God who was the Rock of Israel’s salvation was still there. God said, “I will make myself known among them when I judge you” Ezekiel 35:11.
God was there and Edom met up with God’s judgement for their arrogance in trying to take what was God’s. God’s judgement brought about Edom’s total destruction and there are no Edomites today.
When the world seems to be against us we need to remember that we belong to God and He is always with us. He is our comfort in times of trouble, our rock in times of insecurity and our strength in times of spiritual conflicts. We are constantly opposed by the evil in this world and yet we are preserved because He is always by our side.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Jeremiah 17:9.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?
Thank You for being my rock and my strength in the good times and in the bad times. Thank You that even though I may turn away from You, You are there tenderly calling me back to You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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