“and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.” (1Cor 10:4)
The word “rock” is often used metaphorically in the Bible to speak of God and Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament, it often uses rock to prefigure the Messiah – Jesus Christ. In the New Testament, Christ is the spiritual Rock from whom the water of life flows.
“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” (James 1:19 NKJV)
To be swift to hear and slow to speak is a message that many of us are familiar with today. It is commonly interpreted to be swift to hear what someone has to say and slow to speak in response. Jesus when faced with the problem of an adulterous woman in John 8 did likewise. He was quick to hear the problem, but slow to respond and took time thinking about what he was going to say.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Prov 3:5-6)
We are to trust God with all our hearts and not depend on what we know. We may not always know what lies ahead. At all times, we should include God in everything we do. This way, we give Him a chance to keep us on the right track. Nothing is so serious that God can’t solve it, and nothing is too small that God can’t care about it. It is like the relationship between the Lord Jesus Christ and the universe. He is so big that He fills the entire universe, and He is so small that He lives in our hearts. If we have faith in God, our anxiety and unease can be minimized when things are tough.
“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, ‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: (Rev 2:8)
Lord Jesus Christ said that He was dead and came to life. This refers to His death by crucifixion and His resurrection. Christianity is different from all other religions in the world for we serve a risen Lord.
“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus… let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful” (Heb 10:19-23)
Amid trials and tribulations have you ever lost confidence and asked, “Is God hearing my prayers”? When there seems to be no answers from God, have you started questioning your worth and if God is still listening to you?