If you are looking for a safe place, the Rock of Gibraltar is a pinnacle of peace. Stubbornly fixed on the southern coast of Spain, it has served as a haven of refuge for Arabs, Spaniards, and for the last three centuries, the British.
How safe is it? In 1779 Spain laid siege to Gibraltar for three years, seven months and twelve days in attempt to wrestle back control. “The Great Siege” failed. It was the last attempt to take the Rock by force. Is it any wonder that the phrase “As safe as the Rock” became commonplace in the English language?
Wouldn't it be wonderful to have such a haven? Wouldn't it be great if you could run to a place of absolute safety when the armies of anxiety threaten your peace?
There is such a rock. Isaiah points us to it:
You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
Isaiah 26:3-4 ESV
The Great Siege of 1779 failed -- not because of the defenders -- but because of where their feet were planted. The Rock of Gibraltar was the difference!
God, the everlasting rock, is the believer's Gibraltar. His perfect peace is available to all his children who learn to plant the feet of their thoughts firmly on Him.
- What difficulty are you facing? Trust him to see you through it.
- What obstacle must you overcome? Trust him to help you over it.
- What weakness has beat you down? Trust him to lift you up?
God offers peace—perfect peace—for any soldier struggling in the war of worry. And you don’t have to go to the Rock of Gibraltar to obtain it!
When you trust in the Lord, you are “As safe as the Rock.”