“The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock; and exalted be God, the rock of my salvation.” II Samuel 22:47
Rocks and stones are mentioned throughout the Bible. The imagery is that of strength, permanence, immutability, and indestructibility. Jesus, the rejected One, is the cornerstone of our faith. Faith built on anything or anyone else is destined for failure, because He is the only One Who will not crumble. He cannot be crushed by the weights that destroy us. We are told in Scripture that wise people build their lives on that Rock, and that anything else is a foundation of shifting sands, or crumbled rocks. We live in a foolish society in which people construct their lives upon money, fame, success, beauty, intelligence, ornate houses, expensive cars, sports, marriage, children, charity work, friends, hobbies, jobs, and even church work. None of those things are wrong, and most of them are good and fulfilling for a time, but they are not proper building materials for eternity. All of them are temporary; they fade away. Prioritize that list putting God first, and then throw out about half of what is left. Joy will never come from owning things. Things bring fleeting happiness, but not lasting joy.
Christians are called upon to be living stones. Stones are small pieces of rocks; we are to be like small pieces, or replicas, of Christ, the Rock. In several places in Scripture, stones were used to build memorials. The Israelites set up stones to remind them of God’s faithfulness in delivering them from impossible circumstances. As a church body, we should be one unified mass of living stones, testifying to the faithfulness of God in our lives and in our church.