|Wednesday, March 18, 2020
In these days of uncertainty, we need a sense of stability in our life. We need some solid rocks, not rocks to throw. We need the Solid Rock. I’m praying this devotion from John 10 will encourage you today. Pause and read the entirety of John 10. It’s about shepherds and rocks.
25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” - John 10:25-30
Those stones the Jews were carrying had to be getting really heavy after all this time. They went to the bullpen several times to warm up with those rocks and Jesus never checked up. He kept hitting them hard with the truth of who he was and those rocks never left their satchel. In six verses Jesus makes roughly eight to ten claims about himself and they sounded crazy to the Jews but were rock solid in truth. The rock throwers always put their rocks away or Jesus slipped away. Consider the claims of Jesus and put your rocks away. Some don’t feel so good. Put your rocks away. Some are just right because they contain the soothing voice of the Savior. Give your rocks away. Listen to his voice and follow him. Relish in the promise of eternal life and the comfort of his hands. No rocks needed. Jesus and the Father are one. And we are one with them. The rock of our salvation.
Heavenly Father, we do believe Jesus when he makes claims about himself. Those claims declare the truth and we claim them for ourselves. We desire to be sheep and to hear and follow his voice. Help us to not become deaf to his voice. Secure us firmly in your hands. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.