In 1977 Dottie Rambo wrote a famous gospel song, recorded by Whitney Houston and others, called “I Go To The Rock.” Part of the chorus is: “When the earth all around me is sinking sand,  On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand, When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to the Rock.”

Jesus is the solid rock and his word of truth is also a solid rock for us. I have been thinking about that song a lot recently and it inspired my thoughts for this December blog.

In times of turmoil, when life feels like sinking sand all around me, I want to return to stand on a solid rock of truth. For me, that bedrock is faith in the truth that God is love and God loves me. All that God has done has been done out of love. Let’s reflect briefly on the truth of God’s love.

 GOD THE FATHER LOVES YOU

God created everything solely out of self-giving love, not out of any need on his part. His love is a creative, generous love.  Here are some of my “go to” scriptures: 

“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the Lord” (Isaiah 54:10).

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you” (Jeremiah 31:3).

 And Jesus told us, “The Father himself loves you” (John 16:27).

 All glory, praise and thanks to the Father for his infinite love!

 GOD THE SON LOVES YOU

There is a “classic” verse that is called “the gospel in miniature.” It is John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” I have always been drawn to that third word, “so.” How much does God love us? The answer is found in Jesus, and especially his sufferings and death on the cross. He loves us unto the shedding of his life’s blood.

A classmate of mine wrote a song in the mid-sixties called “Look Beyond,” and it has been widely used since then. There is a line in it that says, “See his love poured out as blood.” St. Paul reminds us in Romans 5:8, “God shows us his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” Jesus is “the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). Think about that…“while we were yet sinners!”

St. Paul prayed for the Ephesians to “know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:19) To which prayer, we all say “Amen!”

All glory, praise and thanks to Jesus for his self-sacrificing love!

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT LOVES YOU

The Holy Spirit has been called the Love between the Father and the Son, and this very Love is given to us! “The love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Rom. 5:5). God’s love abides in us through the Holy Spirit. “By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his own Spirit” (1 John 4:13).

It is only by God’s love in the Holy Spirit that we are able to bear the fruit of the Spirit and fulfill the Great Commandment to love our neighbor.

All glory, praise, and thanks to the Holy Spirit, the Love of God poured out in our hearts!

THE SOLID ROCK OF GOD’S LOVE

I think there would be wide agreement that 2020 has been and remains a very difficult year in so many ways for so many people around the entire world.

In times like these we need to hold on to the truth that God is love and God loves us. All that the Lord does is done out of love.

Romans 8:28 tells us: “God makes all things work together unto good for those who love him.” The great sign of man’s rebellion and hostility to God is the crucifixion of Jesus. The great sign of God’s love and forgiveness is also the crucifixion of Jesus, even as the great sign of God’s redemption and victory is the resurrection of Jesus.

When all else fails, when all around me is sinking sand, on the solid rock I stand – the rock of God’s eternal love. All glory, praise and thanks be to God for his infinite love!

May you and yours experience the love of God in a special way this Advent and Christmas!

Al Mansfield