My wife is a chocolate lover and on special occasions I do my best to find “solid chocolate.” It’s such a disappointment for her to bite into a chocolate treat that is hollow on the inside; she wants “solid.”
Sometimes we refer to people as being “solid” or “solid gold,” meaning that you can count on them to be the same great people year after year. I am grateful to have many such people in my life. However there is not a lot we can count on as being 'solid'. Some people who stood at the altar and promised “for better or worse” may have found that for them it became “worse.” Some business people find that their partners have not been totally honest. Some investors who put money into “solid” companies have lost more than they gained. “Solid' is hard to find in this life.
In the Bible, the Apostle Paul had a lot of difficult experiences, but he remained “solid.” He experienced trouble, persecution, hunger and danger, but look at what he wrote in Romans chapter 8: “I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8: 38, 39 NLT) Paul had this overriding faith that God's love would take him through every tough situation.
I have found Jesus to be the “solid rock” of my life, no matter what my circumstances. Here are just two examples: When I was a young man, my father committed suicide and God was the One who brought me through the many difficult days and weeks that followed. When I didn't know what to do, what to say to people who asked, where to go to find answers, He was always there. I could depend on Him; He was trustworthy, reliable and I knew he would never leave me or forsake me. Another example came a few years ago when the doctor told me I should change my profession and quit speaking because my voice box was so infected, I depended on Jesus to heal me. “Faithful is he that called you, who also will do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24 KJV)
The Christian life is not hollow or shallow; we are building our lives on the firm foundation of God and His Word, the Bible. I encourage you to put your trust in Jesus as your Saviour, and discover that you, too, can have a confident, rock-solid life because of your faith in Him. His love will never fail.
“He alone is my rock and my salvation.” (Psalm 62:6 NLT)
Co-Founder of Home Church (formerly Word of Life Church and author of 'Be A Man!"