When I was a little girl, I used to collect rocks. I am not quite sure how or even why I started collecting rocks, but I soon had a giant box that was filled with nothing but rocks. Something about them intrigued me. They were solid and stable and I liked it. Although I do not collect rocks anymore, there is still something about the image of a rock that resonates with me. Maybe that is why, when I think about all the names of God, the one that sticks with me the most is, “God the Rock.”
When I think about a rock, there are a few characteristics that come to mind. First, rocks are solid. They are immovable. They are constant. You cannot just pick up a rock and change it to fit whatever shape you feel like. All of these things are consistent with the characteristics of God. Our God is immutable, He does not change. Hebrews 13:8 assures us that He is the same, “yesterday, today, and forever”.
Throughout my life, I have experienced a lot of change. I graduated from college in December, which was the biggest change I have ever faced. The majority of my friends moved away, I moved away from my family and my hometown (which I had lived in my whole life) and I became an unemployed adult instead of a college student. I struggle with anxiety so any type of change is not fun for me.
During the period immediately after I finished school, I struggled a lot with unhappiness. So many things were changing and I felt like I had nothing to hold onto. However, I was able to find comfort in Jesus and knowing that He does not change. My circumstances changed and my friendships changed but He did not. God still loved me, He still provided for me and He never left me during that tumultuous time. God does not change. He will always be faithful.
In addition to being solid and unchanging, rocks are also a place of shelter. Psalm 18:2 says, “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” That verse reminds us that God is our fortress. In this life, we are promised to face hard times. I have faced many hard times in the short 23 years that I have been alive.
Last year, I walked through one of the hardest seasons of depression I have ever experienced. The only thing that got me through that time was clinging to God and His word. During that period of depression, I found a new love for God’s Word. I threw myself into reading the Bible, praying, and listening to hymns. I cried out to God many times asking for comfort. Thankfully, I was delivered from that time and I now live free from depression, but it was only though taking refuge in God. No matter what we face in life, we can be sure that God will give us refuge.
Calling someone your rock has become commonplace in our society. People call their parents, significant others, and best friends their rock. The truth is that the only rock we have is God. God is the only one who gives us strength. He is the only one who is unchangeable and solid. He is the only one in whom we can take refuge in when times are tough. Our God is truly our rock, take refuge in Him today.