“Truly, my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly, he is my rock and my salvation. He is my fortress; I will never be shaken.” — Psalm 62:1-2
Can I ask you a couple of questions? Well, maybe a few more than a couple.
Do you ever feel that you are all alone in the world? Like no one understands you or cares about you? Even as you read this article, does it seem like a tsunami of problems is coming your way?
The late Whitney Houston captured these sentiments when she sang these lyrics in the film “The Preacher’s Wife”: “Where do I go when there’s nobody else to turn to? Who do I talk to when nobody wants to listen? Who do I lean on when there’s no foundation stable?” She goes on to say, “Where do I go when the storms of life are threatening? Who do I turn to when those winds of sorrows blow? And is there a refuge in the time of tribulation?”
Allow me to reframe these questions. Whom do you go to when nobody wants to listen? Whom do you lean on when there is no foundation stable? Where do you go when the storms of life are threatening?
I may not know you personally and may never meet you. But, friend, can I tell you where I go when the storms of life of raging and their fury falls on me? Let me tell you where I go when I go to friends for consolation and find them complaining, too. I don’t go to the mall or Wal-Mart for shopping therapy. I don’t put my problems on social media. I don’t text, tweet or Instagram my problems. When I am feeling down and defeated, I go to the rock of my salvation: our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.
Because we know that Jesus is the rock of our salvation, we can sing in unison this verse: “The Lord is the rock for my salvation; The Lord is the stone that the builders rejected; I run to the mountain, and the mountain, he stands by me. When the Earth all around me is sinking sand, on Christ, the solid rock, I stand.” Friends and family, we can run to Jesus when we are in the storms of life. He is a father to the fatherless, a mother to the motherless and a friend to the friendless. He is bread when we are hungry.
Because Jesus Christ is the rock of our salvation, he will never leave or forsake us, and he will return soon and wipe every tear from our eyes!
Norwood is the pastor of Hinesville Seventh Day Adventist Church and a member of the United Ministerial Alliance.