The two words, Firm and Secure, remind me of a particular trip with my family. We were camping in the North Georgia Mountains and decided to go hiking. We were walking through this area and then all of a sudden the terrain changed, and we found ourselves amongst boulders of granite as big as homes and cars. We were so amazed and excited that we did what everyone does when they see big rocks...We starting climbing all over them! Of course we had to get to the top of the biggest one, right!?
I don’t mean to make myself sound all spiritual, but to be honest, in that moment I did think of the Scriptures that describe God as our rock and refuge. I had my wife take a picture of me standing on the rock as I held my walking stick over my head like I was the victor! This was personal because, to be honest, I was at a low point in my life where I did not feel like I was strong or the winner of anything! I wanted a picture to always remind me of the truth that God is my Rock.
Just this morning I read Hebrews 6 and the words “Firm and Secure” jumped out to me from verses 18-19. “…we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul," ‘Firm and Secure’…
These two words describe our hope and faith! The writer to the Hebrews wanted them to be strong in their faith and to not waiver or “fall away” from the truth of who Jesus is and what He had done for them. Honestly, there are times, and probably will be times ahead of each of us, when our faith is challenged, and, if we are dependent upon ourselves and our own footing, we will most likely slip and fall. But here’s the beauty of it…our faith is “Firm and Secure,” not because of our strength but because of who our God is. He is our Rock! The Bible says in Psalm 18:2 - “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock where I seek refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (CSB)
Psalm 9:10 says, “Those who know your name trust in you…” (CSB). One of God’s names is El Sal’i, God my Rock! The more you get to know someone the more you will trust that person, and that's the simple truth of Psalm 9:10. Get to know your God, and you will trust Him because of who He is…your Lord is El Sal’i, your rock! The next time you see a rock, big or small, remember…because of who He is, you are and can always be…”Firm and Secure!”