Two weeks ago, we sang an old favorite of mine, "On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand." As our congregation sang, familiar words and familiar voices filled the auditorium. Yet, the refrain struck me in a new way. On Christ the solid Rock, I stand. All other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand. So often, when I'm faced with a dilemma, I don't remain on the firm bedrock I have in Christ. I run to something that feels more tangible. I need to take action NOW. I need a solution TODAY. Instead of quieting my soul, I crank up the volume, run around like a crazy person, and try my hardest to create a solution.
In light of all that we are learning in Romans 8, my usual response not only seems childish, but so wasteful. If I was known by God before my birth, if I was predestined to be His child and changed into the image of Christ, if I was called to Him, justified by Him, and, if one day, I will be glorified with Him, then why do I still feel the need to solve my problems alone? Why do I think my timeline is better? Why do I put more faith in my ability then His? There is no rest in my ability. Romans 8:6 states, "To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirt is life and peace." When I forget his promises, I'm lost. I've forgotten my identity. I'm on sinking ground. It's only a matter of time before my solutions disappear. But, He promises rest and life.
This week, I hope to set my mind on Him when problems arise. To stand on His firm foundation rather than running to shallow fixes. To remember, "If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?" (Romans 8:31-32) To sing again and again, "When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my Hope and Stay."
Posted by Heather Kneisler