Shout out to the Rock! When he was a wrestler and used this as his theme entrance as well as a tagline. Our family dog, Diamond however, like other dogs is dependent upon her sense of smell. In particular, when she is called downstairs to eat, she smells in the air, so as to ascertain if she is able to pick up on the scent of something she wants, thereby making the trek downstairs. Sometimes she runs once she catches the aroma of meat, and other times, she retreats back to one of her beds and opts out of food until I suppose she has little choice. I guess you can say that I did a mental mashup of the Rock’s sentiment, and Diamond’s behavior as I began to dig deeper as we celebrate 2019 by considering the fact that if we smell what the Rock (being God) is cooking, we might not be so quick to retreat like Diamond – simply because we can’t detect it without actually seeing it.
Hebrews 11:1 proclaims, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Sometimes we are quite tempted to act similarly to Diamond, we hear God’s voice telling us about something to come, but because we are unable to sense it with our preceptors, we fail to believe because it doesn’t align with what we know to be accurate, at least in the moment. Accordingly, we miss out on what God has prepared because we are dependent upon our physicality rather than our divinity to the One who has ordained blessings and abundance just for us. The favor of God may not manifest as we expect. They may not even resemble what we’ve become accustomed to do. Yet, God’s Word tells us in Isaiah 43:19, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Like Diamond we may get accustomed to our historical demonstrations of how God shows up. It takes faith to move and see what God has prepared for us.
In those times by which we are fearful or hesitant to move, we may find ourselves crying out as in Psalm 42:9, “I will say to God my rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?” But since He indeed is the Rock of our Salvation, we must do like David and encourage ourselves. It would serve us well to declare 1 Samuel 2:2, “There is no one holy like the Lord, Indeed, there is no one besides you, nor is there any rock like our God.” Our God, our Rock, has wonderful things in store for us. Even as we face tribulation, He has promised to remain the rock of our strength (Psalm 62:7). If we smell what the Rock is cooking, we will be comfortable to relinquish our tendency to manipulate and/or control. If we smell what the Rock is cooking, we will spend our energy being helpful and extending to others with assurance that God’s got *this.* If we smell what the Rock is cooking, we will move boldly in walking out our purpose, regardless of what the enemy may send forth in the earth. If we smell what the Rock is cooking, we will worship as though it is just a manner of time before the manifestation of His promise finds our address. May we remember to hold fast to the Rock and move like Diamond, whether we smell *it* or not!