Finding a rock to lean on

Rev. Eddie Nutt, Tally Ho First Baptist Church
May. 23, 2014 @ 08:46 PM

“There is no one holy like the Lord, Indeed there is no one besides Thee, Nor is there any rock like our God,” 1 Samuel 2:2.

Several years ago our family went to visit some of our former church members that had moved to the mountains of North Carolina. During our stay they invited us to tube down the New River with them. I would love to tell you that for two hours we rode the wildest white water rapids known to man. I would love to impress you with the fact that we stared death in the face as we went over waterfalls and around boulders.

We did have a great time, but the ride was more like a lazy river, and honestly, for that I was grateful. It was a very relaxing float down the river. We could talk back and forth to one another, enjoy the mountain scenery and admire God’s handy work.

As we were floating I noticed areas that had quit a few flat black rocks. No doubt the river had worn them down and shaped them over the years. Every once in awhile, I would reach down, grab one and try to skip it across the river in front of me. For some reason, I stuck one of them in my pocket. It is solid black, is a little larger than the palm of my hand and glistens with a little quartz.

Fast forward from four or five years ago to just this week. I was cleaning out my book case at home and what did I find? That rock. No the moral of this column isn’t “Cleanliness is next to godliness.” The point is we all need a Rock in our lives. Every single person that has ever been on this earth or will ever be on this earth is looking for something solid to have in their lives. We are all looking for something or someone who will be rock solid.

In 1 Samuel we see that Hannah has not been able to have children. This led to her being ridiculed and pick on by Peninnah. To be exact, chapter one, verse six says, “Her rival however would provoke her bitterly to irritate her…”

During this time you were considered a second-class citizen if you didn’t have children, especially if you didn’t have a son. What did Hannah do? Did she retaliate? Did she slip into depression? No, she continued to pray and continued to trust God. She didn’t just know about God; He was the Rock in her life. He was the strength when she needed it. He was the source of her stability when the world was trying to knock her down. God was the one stable and unmovable thing that she could cling to when things around her were falling apart.

We can have that same strength in our lives. The same God that Hannah trusted in is still on the throne of the universe today. Lean upon Him, let God be the Rock in your life. Jobs, friends and hobbies may all come and go, but God is the one solid person that we can anchor our lives to.