Crises time as in every situation in life comes with challenges and opportunities. One opportunity crisis offers us is to discover something new.
If we don’t face crises, we may not discover and harness our hidden potentials and resources. One discovery we could make in crises is to know who God really is.
The Bible uses images and attributes to describe God. It says that God is: Father, King, Consuming Fire, Judge, Husband, Shepherd, Landowner, Lion, Lamb, Strong Tower, etc.
According to Psalm 18,2, we see other predicates with which God is described. When we receive this revelation, our faith in God will be empowered despite the crises we may face.
The Description Of God (Ps 18,2)
God is Rock: This speaks of God’s strength, stability and justice. God is the Rock that begot Israel (Deut 32,4.18). He guarantees Israel’s safety (Deut 32,31).
Apostle Paul applied the Title of Rock to Jesus Christ. He said Christ was the spiritual Rock that supplied Israel water in the wilderness: “For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ” (1Cor 10,4; comp Ex 17,5-7).
Therefore, the spiritual Rock that followed and provided for the Nation of Israel in the wilderness was Christ who provides as well for his new Covenant people the Church today.
Jesus described his Word as a rock on which we can build our life and which can stand all crises. “And the rain descended, the flood came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock” (Mt 7,25).
God Is Fortress: In the antic, a fortress is the last place of safety. Cities had protective walls built around it. These walls had a fortress with towers positioned at strategic places.
If enemies brake through the protective wall into the city, the inhabitant will have one final hope to escape into the fortified fortress and its tower to stay alive.
God our Fortress means that He is our last hope. Our safest place and security in crises: “For You are my rock and my fortress” (Ps 31,3). Equivalent to fortress today would be a bunker, though this is in the underground.
God Is Strength
God is our strength (Isaiah 12,2): The word “strength” has several meanings among which is power, might, force, help, support or wealth. Strength can also mean physical ability and performance.
God is the strength of our life (Ps 27,1): God is the one that empowers us. The concept of divine empowerment can be derived from the promise the Lord made: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me…..” (Acts 1,8). The Holy Spirit is, therefore, the empowerment and strength we receive from God.
Conclusion: God is Rock that gives us stability in life. God is Fortress, our last place of safety in life. God is our strength. He empowers us to live for Him and to be His witnesses today!