The Solid Rock

I believe God wants what is best for us, God cares about each of us individually, and He has a good plan for us. Over the past year, my spiritual journey had its ups and downs and at times, doubt would creep in my mind here and there to the point where I found it hard to believe I had written a blog called, “God is always good.” I would think to myself: “I know He is good, but the world isn’t. How can I trust Him when I experience things that are not good?” 

My questioning led to a path of searching for answers from people and books, but most of those times, they would leave me feeling half full–I still could not trust the answers from a fallen world.

I don’t have all the answers to my questions, to the suffering around me, my searching heart. I may never have them… but what I do know is Jesus is real, the Son of God, He lived a perfect life on this earth, He innocently died as an atonement for our sins so we do not have to live a life of works and materialism, but of grace. I don’t have a clear cure for doubt, but I can share the song that immediately brings me through it with hopes that it encourages someone else.

When thoughts try to steal me away from Him, I say, sing, read, and think these lyrics:

My hope is built on nothing less

than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;

all other ground is sinking sand,

all other ground is sinking sand.

 When darkness veils his lovely face,

I rest on his unchanging grace;

in ev’ry high and stormy gale

my anchor holds within the veil. 

 His oath, his covenant, his blood

support me in the whelming flood;

when all around my soul gives way,

he then is all my hope and stay.

 When he shall come with trumpet sound,

O may I then in him be found,

dressed in his righteousness alone,

faultless to stand before the throne.

When these thoughts

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;

all other ground is sinking sand,

all other ground is sinking sand

Sometimes my heart and mind get caught up in so many unanswered questions, wondering what is truly right. The one truth I can hold onto in this life is the truth of Jesus. The words of this song say that in a powerful tune:

My hope is built on nothing less

than Jesus‘ blood and righteousness

If you have questions, the truth of Jesus’ life and resurrection can help give you peace. There is nothing else that can take away from that truth–no doubt, no suffering– and I can rest in that. 

1 John 5:13 says that those who believe in the Son of God have eternal life. It is my hope that the unanswered questions will be answered in eternity.  I cannot put my faith in the search for answer to a question, but I can put my faith in Jesus.

Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

John 20:26-29, ESV

Versions of the hymn are below.  Also, consider reading The Case for Christ by Lee Stroebel, a journalist’s investigation into credible evidence of Jesus’ life and resurrection. 

Norton Hall Band “My Hope is Built”

Solid Rock – Austin Stone

The Solid Rock by Reawaken (Acoustic Hymn)

Solid Rock – Page CXVI

The Solid Rock – from The Hymns Project (Lyric Video)

Tasha Cobbs Solid Rock

This is not The Solid Rock song but it holds a similar theme:

 One Hope Project – In Your Truth – Lyric Video

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