Zur – God My Rock

Zur – God My Rock

I live in California. Earthquakes are common talk. We wonder when ‘the big one’ will hit.  Earthquake preparedness is a must: schools participate in earthquake drills, companies host earthquake preparedness seminars and individuals prepare earthquake survival kits. We try to be as prepared as we can be for the inevitable. But when a 3.5 quake rattled our peaceful community, I was caught off guard. It happened early in the morning, I was in my bedroom making my bed and suddenly the floor underneath my feet shifted down, like an elevator’s sudden descent. I felt the downward motion and toppled sideways as my stomach did a flip. Around me, vases and books tumbled off shelves; pictures loosed from hooks, jumped off the wall. In an attempt to find stability, I slid down the side of my bed skirt, my rear end willingly hitting the floor. Now seated with legs crossed, with both hands I grabbed the nap of the shag carpet and held on for my life until the shaking stopped.

Maybe you’ve never been in an earthquake, yet we’ve all been in uncomfortable and unstable places more often than we’d like. I call these ‘life-quakes.’ Ever unsure where you stand in your relationships, job or finances? These are just a few instances of ‘life-quakes’ that rattle our trust in God’s stability. We wonder why, if God really loves us, He let the shaking start and why He doesn’t make it stop. Circumstances make us feel like our comfortable little world is rocked, turned topsy-turvy, even dismantled. It is essential for us, if we want to function in God’s victory. to remember Who is our foundation.

The name of God: Zur means God our Rock. God wants us to hold onto His promises and stand firm in the power of His stable presence. Our mind  must be renewed, this comes by reading His word, marinating in His promises and standing on the solid ground God provides when we own up to our authority in Christ and rise up in faith.

Wikipedia defines Rock as: the solid mineral material forming part of the surface of the earth and other similar planets, exposed on the surface or underlying the soil or oceans. But the term ‘rock’ is also used in similes and metaphors to refer to someone or something that is extremely strong, reliable, or hard.

‘Life-quakes’ hit when we least expect them. Since these times of being ‘all shook up’ are part of life and we know these inevitable quakes are coming, let’s make a choice now, to practice a little ‘life-quake preparedness.’ Let’s prepare for ‘the big one’ and the small ones, too!  So once the ‘life-quake hits,’ we are able to find stable ground again. An added blessing is while we let God help us assimilate ourselves, we can also help others in the midst of their own ‘life-quakes.’

First we must implement the reaction of praising God and thanking God before He sends the solution and the shaking stops. Stability, being a firm foundation is God’s nature, so we can expect His consistent response as Zur – God Our Rock. When we trust Him, we anticipate His best is on the way to help us find our firm footing once again. Isaiah 30:29 talks about praising and thanking the ‘the Rock of Israel:’ ”And you will sing as on the night you celebrate a holy festival; your hearts will rejoice as when people playing pipes go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the Rock of Israel.”

Some of us might be skeptical about the time it might take, we want the shaking to stop: NOW! If you have a hard time believing your firm footing will be restored and that the shaking will stop, consider Psalm 18:2, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Here’s one more promise to claim, especially if you feel like you are on shifting sand. “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” Psalm 40:2 It’s a wonderful thing, to speak it out loud several times as you wait for the shaking to cease!

Let’s pray, “Heavenly Father, thank you for being Zur – God Our Rock. You love me. Thank you for helping me anticipate ‘life-quakes,’ let me prepare for the inevitable, as I understand your character to help me stand firm. Thank you for your extreme strength, stable presence and firm foundation. Help me to stay near to you, my Rock, my fortress and my stronghold. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

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Sheryl Giesbrecht

Exchanging hurt for hope is Sheryl Giesbrecht’s focus—a message she shares with audiences as a radio and television personality,

author and speaker. A dynamic teacher and motivating leader, Giesbrecht has endured many changes and challenges, moving her to a deep faith, trust and dependence on God.

She served as Focus on the Family's columnist for Pastor's Wives for four years. Hundreds of her columns, magazine and devotional articles have appeared in Focus on The Family Magazine, Just Between Us, Discipleship Journal, CCM, Walk Thru the Bible’s - InDeed and Tapestry publications.

Giesbrecht’s radio show, “Transformed Through Truth” is nationally and internationally syndicated and heard daily by over 10 million listeners on networks across the United States. The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network shares the show internationally on seven continents. “Transformed Through Truth” launched as a 30-minute internet television teaching feature in March 2017. To view this amazing teaching time, go to www.HSBN.tv.

Sheryl has a heart for missions and is avid about reaching out to the poor and needy, locally through the Rescue Mission and worldwide through various ministry partners. Giesbrecht is a Lead Like Jesus Facilitator www.leadlikejesus.com and missionary with Freedom In Christ Ministries (www.FICM.org) and has been personally involved with equipping hundreds and facilitating the training of thousands of leaders internationally.

The joys of Giesbrecht’s life are her children and thirteen grandchildren. She is excited about the new beginning she shares with her marriage to Dr. Jim Turner. Sheryl holds a bachelor of arts from Biola University, a master’s in ministry and a doctorate of theology.