One of my favorite DVD series is by Ken Burns, and it deals with America’s National Parks. The United States has some of the most incredible natural beauty on earth and the men and women who shared in the process of setting it aside for all Americans to enjoy often spoke of the hand of God creating masterpieces all over the country.
I was talking to a friend of mine about the series and he told me about a spot in Colorado called Garden of the Gods. Outside of Colorado Springs is a park with huge, red rocks that come up out of the soil. It appears as if someone pushed them down, re-arranged and stacked them, and set them in the ground at odd and interesting angles.
The most incredible area is called Balance Rock. Imagine a large, irregular shaped boulder twenty feet wide, resting on a thin rock base maybe two feet in width. Go ahead and Google it. You will say what I first did – there is NO WAY that can be sustained!
Yet it is real. Balance Rock has been stunning and inspiring people for a long time. My friend told me when he last visited the souvenir store that he found photographs of the Rock dating back to the 1800’s. The clothes and hairstyles were different in the photos, he said. A lot has changed from then until now, yet one thing has remained constant. The rocks, trees, surroundings, and even Balance Rock itself have stayed the same.
In ancient times, stones were used to mark major events, boundaries, and milestones. Landowners knew their property by the placement of large stones that were never to be moved. Sacred moments of God’s revelation and provision were remembered by the establishment of a stony memorial – Abraham in Genesis 12: 7-8; Jacob meeting with God in Genesis 28:20-22; Moses in Exodus 28:21; and Joshua in Joshua 4:3 and 8:31-35.
There are “stones” in our lives that should not be moved either, because they are timeless truths that need to remind us of God’s involvement. When God reveals Himself through His Word, nature, or providence, we need to mark those occurrences. We are called to remember the good and faithful character and deeds, of Immanuel, God with us.
Read Proverbs 22:28 – Do not move an ancient boundary stone. Clear enough?
Hosea, one of the ancient prophets of Israel warned that, “Judah’s leaders are like those who move boundary stones” (Hosea 5:10). God said He would pour out His wrath on them like a flood of water. The priests and leaders were condemned for turning away from God, as well as causing others to forget the Lord. They were in trouble for worshipping other gods, and in the process, moving sacred and spiritual boundary stones.
We have to avoid forgetting the Lord by living life based on the solid foundation God has provided in Scripture. Here are some key passages to master: The Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 12:1-3); The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17); Proverbs 8 (Wisdom’s call); Matthew 5-7 (The Sermon on the Mount). Ancient truth is still truth to be lived.
Grow devotionally. Read, study, memorize, and meditate on these passages. Are they truths your life is based on? Have you moved any boundary stones? Stay on the Rock.
Love is a verb,