By A. Trevor Sutton
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1 ESV).
Just outside the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a landmark known as Balanced Rock. It is a sight to behold: a 700-ton red sandstone rock delicately balanced on a tiny pedestal of stone.
Everyone who sees Balanced Rock has the same question: When is it going to fall? Nobody knows how long it has been perched in this precarious position. Nobody knows when or how it will tip over and shatter. Will the merciless forces of erosion wear away its sandstone base? Will wind, rain, or ice finally cause it to tip? Or could an earthquake shake it to the core, causing its demise?
Just a half mile away from Balanced Rock are the shattered remains of a similar rock. It, too, precariously hung in the air for generations, balancing on just a tiptoe of stone. It, too, led people to question when it might fall. However, unlike Balanced Rock, that question has already been answered. Ice fractured its base in 1936, sending it crashing to the ground.
Do you ever feel like Balanced Rock? Do you ever ask yourself, “How long can I keep this balancing act going? What is going to come along, throwing everything off kilter? What will happen to me then?”
Stresses at work, the fear of failure, worries about tomorrow . . . all these things attack your core, eroding it away. Icy relationships, frozen faith, and chilling loneliness threaten to shatter your foundation. Violence and tragedies send shock waves through your heart, mind, and soul.
Even so, you can take heart. Be steady! Have no fear! The Lord is your firm Foundation in an ever-unsteady world:
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. . . . Be still, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:2–3, 10 ESV).
Nothing in all of creation could shake Jesus from his mission—securing forgiveness for you. Temptation, death on the cross, and the tomb itself were not enough to fracture God’s plan to rescue you. Jesus proved his steady love and, in doing so, made you a friend of God!
You are built on that solid foundation. You cannot be moved. God is your refuge and strength—for now and forever!
Prayer starter: Jesus, keep me balanced and steady in this unsteady world. Teach me how to build my life on you . . .
Editor’s note: Today’s devotion is slightly adapted from The Lord Is My Rock Softcover Devotion Book. The pocket piece in this line of products is a tangible, daily reminder of the firm foundation we have in God.