Do You Know the Rock of Ages?
There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.
When you think of the word “rock,” what comes to mind? Rock music, maybe?
The word “rock” has been used symbolically since ancient times to represent strength, faithfulness, firmness, security, dependability, safety, and stability. In fact, it appears in the Bible 142 times and most commonly represents God.
In today’s focus from 1 Samuel, the speaker’s name is Hannah who declares “There is no Rock like our God.”
This woman’s remarkable story can serve as an inspiration to all of us. As a wife, she was barren, which in her day was considered a disgrace. To make matters worse, her husband’s (Elkanah) other wife (Peninnah) had given birth and then mercilessly ridiculed Hannah for her misfortune.
Hannah took her burden to the Lord and was so emotionally overwrought and deeply engaged in fervent prayer, she caught the attention of the priest, Eli. Initially, he thought she was drunk. She assured him she was praying — pouring her soul out to God. Eli was touched by her response and added his blessing, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” (1 Samuel 1:17)
The Rock of Ages answered Hannah’s prayer, and she gave birth to a son named Samuel which means, God hears.
Now she faced another problem.
In her desperate prayer to God, Hannah had promised to surrender her offspring for God’s service. True to her word, after she had weaned the boy which in those days would have been at two or three-years-old, she presented Samuel to Eli to be left at the temple and trained as a priest.
That brings us back to today’s scripture. On the day Hannah presented Samuel to Eli, she said, “There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.”
Hannah’s words were more than just a memorized church prayer. Her head knowledge of God had become heart knowledge. There is no one like God! Nothing can compare!
In Psalm 34:8, we read, “Taste and see that the LORD is good…” God is more than words in a book or a Sunday morning recitation. “Taste” means that God is to be experienced, which we do by faith. “Put your money where your mouth is.” Pray. Get specific with your faith. Then hang on for the ride of your life and learn for yourself “that the Lord is good” and “there is no Rock like our God.”
Hannah doesn’t strike me as the kind of person who would have “rubbed it in” to Peninnah, her tormenter. But I’ll bet she couldn’t help but smile widely when she passed her by.
Many Christians treat Christianity like a bottle of New Car Smell Air Freshener. One whiff and, “look at me, I’m a believer.” Nope. Get behind the wheel, start the engine, and get out on the highway. Faith requires action.
Oh, by the way. The Rock of Ages wasn’t finished with Hannah. He honored her faithfulness, gave her three more sons and two daughters, and Samuel grew to become the last of Israel’s judges, its first prophet, and counselor to kings Saul and David.
“There is no Rock like our God.” He’s still involved in the lives of His people who seek Him. He is the Rock of Ages.
For more on this topic, check out this article: Praise the Lord Oh My Soul
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.