The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


September 8, 2011

We either stand on solid rock or sinking sand

As we approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11, many of us have taken a moment or two to reflect on the impact of that day.

It has become a significant date embedded in our collective consciences. We will tell generations to come stories of where we were the day the twin towers fell.

We all have witnessed the aftermath of terrorism — our country is at war in two Middle Eastern countries, there is tightened security wherever you travel, previously non-existent rules and regulations have been implemented,  and there is an undercurrent of uneasiness flowing through America, as we wonder when or where the next strike will happen.

Add to that the shakiness of our economy, a high unemployment rate and an even higher poverty level, and you may be feeling a little depressed or overwhelmed by it all.

I bring this up to remind you no matter how hopeless or out of control you feel as the world twists and turns in turmoil, we have a solid rock to stand on.

“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is seeking sand.” — the first verse from the hymn “The Solid Rock”

In Hebrews 6:19-20, the writer depicts the certainty of this steadfast promise: “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever.”

Christ is our rock and our anchor.

The question is, have you anchored yourself on His firm foundation? Or are have you built your faith on sinking sand? It’s easy to determine as seen in Matthew 7:24-27: When the rains of terror come down, the storms of circumstance blow and tribulation floods your life, are you able to withstand them with patience and peace? Or do you falter and fall into doubt and discouragement?

If your feet are firmly planted in the Lord, your heart will be like a house with level floors, no cracks around the windows, doors that open and close without a hitch. Your life will line up with the solid word of God, and you will not fret about what is happening all around you. The world may be falling apart, but you will not.

Christ offers stability and security that cannot be found through anything on this earth.

So don’t stress. Instead take hold of the hope offered to us through Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and be encouraged!

Just Hold On, written by Ruth Ann Replogle and published every Friday in the Enid News & Eagle, is based on her belief in Hebrews 4:14.

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