The kind of rock we need.

I really enjoy the Delilah Show. The one on the radio. I don’t make a special effort to listen to it, but I have been entertained for many hours by Delilah’s soothing voice, hilarious song choices, and interesting stories  – driving home from work or traveling home to see family over the past few years. If you’ve never listened to Delilah, you’re missing out. She takes calls from people (who usually call in for relationship advice or to gush about someone they love) and then she gives advice and encouragement and plays a song “just for you and your special someone.” There are sappy, hilarious, endearing, sad, happy, and disgustingly romantic stories all in one radio show.

I happened to listen to Delilah the past two nights while coming home from work. Both times I heard someone call in to tell Delilah about their significant other. They both said they love their S.O. because they are their “rock.” It always strikes me when someone says their boyfriend or girlfriend is their rock. What do they mean exactly?

We need rocks in life. A safe place to turn. Someone who is steady and never changes. Someone who can always be counted upon. Someone who will always come through. And we should strive to be that for each other. But we cannot stake our life on our human rocks. I don’t think we were meant to be each other’s rocks.

We will fail each other. We will make mistakes. We will fail to love well. We will act selfishly. We cannot be unchanging, always-faithful rocks. For that, we need a Savior.

In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed; In Your righteousness deliver me. Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly; Be to me a rock of strength, A stronghold to save me. For You are my rock and my fortress; For Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me. (Psalms 31:1-3)

We absolutely should be able to count on each other. We should be a picture of Christ to each other in that way.  And when we fail each other, and we will, we should humbly point each other to Christ, the only rock that is forever faithful, always loving, and unchanging. I want to count on people to love me and come through when I need them; and I also want to be able to count on them to lead me to the Rock when they fail me. Either way they make Christ beautiful to me. We are humans and we will fail each other. But we need each other desperately because we need each other to keep us always moving toward, always returning to Christ, our Rock and Redeemer.

I hope we see images of Christ when we are faithful and loving to one another. And I hope we going running to and come face-to-face with the only true Rock when we fail each other, as our failure makes His faithfulness even more beautiful.

Three things:
1. Listen to Delilah.
2. Be rocks for each other.
3. Better yet, point each other to Christ.

And they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their Redeemer. (Psalms 78:35)

And He will say, ‘Where are their gods, The rock in which they sought refuge?’ (Deuteronomy 32:37)

On God my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. (Psalms 62:7)

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