by Georgie Schuster
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Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal (Isaiah 26:4).
As I write this, Australia is unsettled. Storms are sweeping across the nation. Reports of hail, strong winds and floods feature heavily in the news. There was even a story of a recent earthquake. There is also that other ‘unsettling thing’ we have been contending with for quite a while now, which continues to challenge our way of life. There are other things, too. World issues, relationship difficulties.
I’m reminded of Jesus’ story of the man who built his house upon the rock (Matthew 7:24,25). The storms came, and the house on the rock stood still.
It might come across as a little trite to say, ‘Just trust in the Lord’, especially when you are in the middle of a raging storm right now. And yet …
For thousands of years, people have struggled with all manner of storms and life-shaking experiences. Here in Isaiah, these words offer a true, secure, unchanging, reliable and firm foundation to stand on – or cling to! Over the ages, people have declared this truth. They have sung about it in psalms, hymns and modern-day songs. They have praised our mighty God and encouraged each other with it. Hear their voices encouraging you today. And remember, God is with you in whatever storm you face today.
Dear God, our Rock Eternal, thank you for being with us in these turbulent days. You are our firm and secure foundation. Thank you for your great love. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.