This past Sunday Pastor Joseph preached an encouraging message as he shared a dream that he had about a storm and a rock. Many years after his dream he was in a far off place and saw the exact setting he had seen in his dream. It so encouraged him. As he shared what he saw as meaning in the dream, I saw that the dream had two applications, one for what had been in his past and one for his future. Out of his dream, one thing stood out the most to me, it was the rock upon which Joseph stood.
Scripture has much to say about “the rock” or “a rock”, from God telling Moses to “smite the rock”, to the Lord’s chastisement of Israel, “Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.”, scripture gives us a picture that not only
foreshadows the future when Jesus would be killed so that we who believe could have the water of life, and but also speaks of God as the rock from which we came.
God is our refuge in the storms of life, the steady and sure foundation of each believers life. God has shown me that every person is some kind of watercraft or vessel on the sea of life. When you know your purpose, when you know God’s plan for your life, you are able to navigate the sea of life.
As with a natural sea it is deep in places and shallow in others and there are many storms that come upon it. One of the worst, most devastating storms on the sea is a tsunami, this is so because of the loss of life that results.
Very often when a tsunami comes, people are taken by surprise and swept away, others are fascinated by the effect of the sea rolling back and they gather to gaze upon the phenomena, before they can get to high ground they are swept away as the wave comes rapidly, violently, rushing over everything in its path.
In Pastor Joseph’s vision, though the storm raged high, he was able to go through it to a place of safety, a “shiny, flat, black rock”, and once he was on the rock he was able to pull others to safety upon the rock.
A friend of mine had a mini-vision of herself skipping from rock to rock in the midst of the storm. This paralells what so many have heard and seen of the protection and deliverance that the true believer will experience when “the big one” comes.
Metaphorically the church is spoken of as a building with Jesus being the chief cornerstone. Each believer is referred to as a living stone.
In conversation with Peter, Jesus spoke of the rock principle upon which the church would be built. King David declared: “The Lord is my Rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my strength, in whom I will trust.”
Psalm 27:5 “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion; in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.”
Rick Joyner, in his book “The Final Quest”, tells of ascending a mountain and at each new level he had to plunge his sword into the ledge to avoid falling off; the sword is the Word of God and we must not lay it down. The ledge speaks of our rock, Jesus our Lord, who is the mountain upon which we stand secure.
Over and over in the book of Psalms we see the psalmist declaring that God is our rock, our refuge, our place of safety, and the rock of our salvation. The prophet Isaiah admonishes us to “Look unto the rock whence ye are hewn.” There is no one upon the face of the earth who is able to stand alone, we are made of dust and to dust we return. All our human pride falls to the ground at the grave.
Obadiah 1:3 “The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, “Who shall bring me down to the ground?” There are places that men seek refuge, they may have rock like quality, but in the storm, it is revealed what they truly are.
Jesus told the parable of the house built on the rock and the house built on the sand. Naturally speaking, we know that sand is not a good foundation for anything substantial, the first rainstorm will wash it all away. But, a house built on a rock, with its foundation secured in the rock will withstand a strong storm.
God is the judge of all, He alone is righteous and the righteousness of any man is imputed, it cannot be earned. Our righteousness comes from what a man, Jesus, the God-Man, accomplished for us. When we receive Him as our Savior and Lord, His righteousness is imputed to us; we become firmly planted upon the Rock and can weather any storm life brings.
“There is none good, no not one.” God’s judgment is that there is nothing good in man; even a good man at some point will have his goodness defiled. Food will spoil if left without refrigeration or storage of some kind, so a man needs preservation, and that comes only from one source, Jesus the Messiah, the righteous one, He is the rock of our salvation. With our feet planted upon “The Rock” we walk, run, swim, navigate through any storm.
A storm of vast proportions is headed toward our world. War is on the horizon leading up to the final battle between the adversary of God and God Himself, this will be the last war, the last battle, and it will be a showdown, between the fallen angel Lucifer, called adversary and accuser and God. God will bring to an end the attempt by the fallen angel Lucifer, to take His place.
God wins the war, I have read the Bible. “God is God and there is no other, there is none like Him, I know not any.” All challengers have been and will be defeated because He alone is God.