Daily Devotional

The Rock and the Wave

by Patrick Fedor on June 11, 2024

” Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” Isaiah 26:4

The Rock and the Wave. That’s the title of the book I somewhat jokingly began writing about my wife Heidi and me, and I’m pretty sure from this sentence you can tell who is what in the title. Anyway, when I ponder the book title, it almost always leads me to thinking about God, and the numerous times He is referred to as a “Rock”, even “The Everlasting Rock.” And whereas really strong human rocks like Heidi get little pieces of themselves chipped away as the harsh waves of humanity hit them, God has always been the eternal and everlasting Rock that never has and never will erode in any way, shape, or form.    2 Samuel 22:32 says, “For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?” Since the apple was bitten in the Garden of Eden, we human prodigals have slammed Him every moment of every day and from every side with our pride, self-focus, and sin, and God does not budge. He prompts us with the Holy Spirit to return to Him with reverence, humility, and gratitude so we can celebrate together. It’s like the sheep guy who leaves the 99 to find the one, and then parties when they return to the 99.

Psalm 18:2 says, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Ultimately, our lives should reflect God’s sovereignty over humanity. We call Him omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, and perfect, yet we relegate to the influence of deluded men and women and their fallacies. Shouldn’t it be common sense for us to guide each other toward the Rock of Perfection and His Way, and to claim Him as our Fortress, Deliverer, Refuge, Shield, Horn of Salvation, and Stronghold? There is no other thing to believe in, look to, learn from, adore, honor, speak of, be guided by, and point others to. We ignore Perfection, embrace defective, and then wonder why the world is as it is. God the Rock shines with luster, beauty, and peace like no other, but we prefer the fractured darkness of imperfect humanity over the pure, perfect light of our Creator. How life could be if we would just choose Light! 8.1 billion people, 8.1 billion waves, and all of us relentlessly bashing ourselves into the Perfect, Everlasting Rock. And God loves, forgives, and waits.

Isaiah sums it all up in 44:8. “Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God beside me? There is no Rock; I know not any.”

God is so awesome!

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