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By: Katie Rath

Isaiah 26:4, “Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.” (NIV)

My friend Joey and I were driving to Knoxville on I-40 over the Tennessee/North Carolina border, and we found ourselves enchanted by the icicles hanging off the large and magnificent rock faces on the side of the highway. Joey is a very talented photographer, and she looked at those rocks and commented how beautiful that photograph would be. To say that I take pictures well would be a stretch of the truth; I do not see things photographically, and I struggled to see what Joey saw in those rocks.

As we continued to wind our way between the mountains, it occurred to me that everyone sees those rocks differently. Where Joey saw a great picture opportunity, I looked at the same rocks and thought about how much fun it would be to climb them. Some people might become anxious about the “Falling Rocks” warning sign, imagining an avalanche catastrophe. My engineer friend would probably look at the towering rock faces and think about the amount of dynamite it took to chisel the rock away for road construction. Other people might drive on that same stretch of highway and never notice the rocks at all.

Rocks were frequently used in the Bible in different stories of faith. In Exodus, God hides Moses in a rock while He passes by; the rock protected Moses from God’s blinding glory. While the Israelites were wandering in the desert, Moses and Aaron drew water out of a rock for the thirsty people; that rock was a provision given to the people by God. When God called Gideon, He showed His power when flames came from a rock to consume Gideon’s sacrifice. Jesus told a parable about two men who built houses, one on a rock foundation and the other on a sandy surface.

Rock imagery is also used to describe God and Jesus. Multiple characteristics about God can be discovered from studying the way rocks were used in the Bible. God is a strong place to protect us, like with Moses. He will give us everything we need, like the rock providing water to the Israelites. God can do miraculous things, like with Gideon’s sacrifice. And God is a firm foundation on which we can build our faith.

The Old and New Testament stories imply that God is a firm foundation, that He is stable, that we can trust Him not to break, and that we should use Him as a base on which we build our Christianity. Everyone sees rocks differently, but regardless of how you imagine them, the concrete characteristics of rocks can teach us incredible lessons about our God.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, You are an amazing and powerful God. Thank You so much for the lessons we learn about You. Thank You for being our Rock and our Fortress. Help us to realize the amazing way that You teach us about Your qualities though Your creations. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:

LIFE: A Teen Devotional: Words from the Rock by Melody Carlson

Wise Up by Rebecca Powell

Think About It:

When you hear that God is a Rock, of what does that remind you?

What other Bible stories use rocks or stones? What can we learn about God from those stories?

Live It:

To remind yourself about God being your Rock, go comb your yard for a great stone. Paint it with words that remind you of God, or with the key verse, Isaiah 26:4.

Power Verses:

Psalm 62:7, “My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty Rock, my refuge.” (NIV)

Deuteronomy 32:4, “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.” (NIV)

© 2009 by Katie Rath. All rights reserved.

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