“He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense, I shall not be moved.”
Psalm 62:6 NKJV
The great Bible teacher, Smith Wigglesworth, once wrote: “Nothing in the world glorifies God as much as simple rest of faith in what God’s Word says.”
Jesus said, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working” (John 5:17b NIV). He saw the way the Father did the works; it was on the groundwork of knowledge — faith based upon knowledge. When I know Him, there are so many promises I can lay hold of, and then there is no struggle, “for everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:8 NIV).
Problems come and go all the time. Things change. This is why we must say, with the apostle Paul, “I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day” (2 Timothy 1:12 KJV). Obedience to God requires nothing less!
There is a time when no one can encourage us the way we can encourage ourselves, reaching deep inside for God’s secret, unshakable provision. People can talk and counsel with us. They can pray for us — and thank God for that external help. But eventually everything comes down to our direct, unfathomable, intimate, solid relationship with the Creator.
Too often people have a horizontal, external viewpoint, not a vertical, internal one. They look around at all the problems — the price of fuel, unemployment statistics, always-fluctuating markets, wars, the Middle East, crime rates and so much more. It’s no wonder people wallow in distress, debt, and discontentment. When we look at the worst of things, especially all the external problems, we find things getting worse.
God has given a better way, a new revelation, built upon the Rock of our salvation: “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:19-20 NIV).