“The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them” (Daniel 2:32-34).
Have you ever heard the saying, “He has feet of clay”? It originates from the scripture above. Basically, what it means is that someone is untrustworthy or cannot be depended on.
Our heroes, they have heads of pure gold, silver chests and arms, and bellies and thighs of bronze. Beautiful to look at and seemingly unbreakable. So bright in the sunlight, we have to shield our eyes from their splendor.
But all it takes is one stone aimed at those feet of clay to bring it all crashing down.
All the hopes we had built on that new doctor. All the dreams we had based on that new medication.
The comfort of that goal you had set all your sights on with such focus–
The way you depended on that long-time friend or beloved family member–
one stone is all it takes.
They all have feet of clay.
I know another who dazzles with His brilliance. He is golden in His glory and He is the light.
The tears of your dashed hopes are perfume on His dusty feet. Our crippled and lame dreams can rest at his feet as they wait for redemption and healing. His strong foot will crush the head of the enemy forevermore, leaving the imprint of comfort in the marks that show He’s passed by.
No stone can crush them. No, His feet are strong enough to line up in submission for a piercing blow. They are powerful enough to remain hanging on the cross. They are loving enough to allow us to touch them when we need proof of His identity and His sovereignty.
Come to the feet of Jesus. Leave those idols with feet of clay, so easily brought down.
Prayer: Dear Lord, set our hearts and eyes on You. Help us not to count on or depend on the things this world offers. We know that You are so much more worthy than anything we could find here. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
About the author:
Shelly Hendricks is a wife and mother of 2 amazing kids. She was a teacher and a librarian in another life. She also suffers from Intracranial Hypertension and Essential Tremor, among a myriad of other issues mostly stemming from these two. She had brain surgery in 2012, to install a VP Shunt, and had a revision in January of this year. She now considers herself to be a ‘bionic woman’ who is learning to walk again. Disability has been hard to deal with, but she depends on God for all strength and hopes to encourage others on this journey, through her blog at http://reneweddaily.com
What have you been leaning on that you need to trade in for the True Rock?
This is Charlie Hall singing “The Solid Rock.” There are a lot of versions of this song and I thought you may like this one. Charlie is a songwriter/pastor based in Oklahoma City, where he is the Pastor of Worship Arts and Liturgy at Frontline Church. He has been writing songs for the Church and leading congregations across the world for more than 20 years. When the world starts to sink or break apart, recall that God is your solid rock. . . no matter what. -Lisa