2 Corinthians 5:1 – “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” NKJV
This morning I awoke to a song in my heart, and as I was singing it I felt an urgency in my spirit to reach out to people I know about their salvation; then I felt an urgency to blog. As I was thinking about what I could say in this blog, I thought that I would look up the history behind the hymn. There were several blogs from years ago with a similar theme that I am writing about. Don’t know if I can say this any better than it has already been said, but I will just obey the Lord!
In times like these, you need a Savior, in times like these, you need an anchor; be very sure, be very sure, your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
CHORUS: This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One. This Rock is Jesus, the only One. Be very sure, be very sure, your anchor holds, and grips the Solid Rock.
In times like these, you need the Bible, in times like these, O be not idle! Be very sure, be very sure, your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock. (Chorus)
In times like these, I have a Savior, in times like these, I have an anchor; I’m very sure, I’m very sure, my anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock. (Chorus)
How appropriate are these words today! It is said that Ruth Caye Jones, the author of this song was a pastor’s wife, and they ministered in Pennsylvania. She wrote this during WWII. My family loves history and watching documentaries of the wars is a favorite past time of my husband and oldest daughter.
Recently, during dinner, they were watching a documentary of Normandy, and of course, I watched it too. I can still see the men rushing to the beach, knowing that they would probably die as the hundreds before them had died. But they just kept going and going until they breached the German defenses. I’m looking in the past, but I can well imagine the horror of the many Americans who lost loved ones during that invasion, during the entire war, knowing that this happened. Surely, they thought the end was near!
Mrs. Jones, it is said, was reading 2 Timothy 3:1, that states, “In the last days perilous times shall come,” when the words to this song came to her spirit. So she wrote them down and at the same time she got the melody. The rest as we say, is history! I learned this hymn in my denominational church and have loved it through the years; but it isn’t a song sung in my circles anymore. So when it came to me today with a sense of urgency, I just sat down to write what He gave me.
Almost a century later, these words ring true today! In times like these, when people are dying daily from COVID-19, and others are being hospitalized all around the world, we need a savior! Just this week, I heard a brother in the Lord died from the coronavirus. My heart is saddened with the news. Especially for the family and all this means to them. But I take great comfort in knowing that he left here assured of his eternity in the heavens, as his family does, and we’ll all see him again. I’m not trying to draw on your emotions, but this was so sudden as it is with so many people right now, and we can’t afford to just wake up and eat and drink and go to bed as if we aren’t in the middle of a worldwide crisis. Last week’s numbers for the virus in the US was around 6,000, but today, they are over 50,000 cases! That’s a serious jump!
The time is short! Jesus is coming back soon! And even if He tarries, in this environment, we must truly understand that we need a savior to navigate us through this time in our lives.
I urge you today, that if you are not sure, get sure! Your prayer doesn’t have to be long, just heartfelt. Tell the Father that you believe in Him and accept His method of salvation, through the Son who loved you and died for you. Tell Him you need Jesus as Savior and you need Him as Lord. Bow your heart and get real with God; then receive His grace as you become a new creation. Make a decision today! Not to escape hell’s fire, but to embrace a living, loving God! Then you will be able to say with Paul “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” Wonderful Jesus!