Edward Mote, 1797-1874

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
I Corinthians 3:11

Life with Christ is an endless hope; without Him a hopeless end. --Author Unknown

The Bible likens our life to a house. Some homes are built to last while others crumble easily in strong wind or rain. The difference is not in the severity of the storm or even the materials used in the building but in the quality of the foundation upon which the structure is built. The author of this hymn text wisely chose "the solid Rock" on which to build his own life, and he rested on Christ's "unchanging grace" until his Home-going at age 77.

Edward Mote knew nothing about God or the Bible as he grew up in London, England, the child of poor innkeepers. At the age of 16 he was genuinely converted to Christ. Mote later settled in a suburb of London where he became known as a successful cabinet maker and a devoted church layman.

After a time, a Baptist chapel was built in Horsham, Sussex, England, largely because of Mote's efforts. The grateful church members offered him the deed to the property. He refused it, saying, "I only want the pulpit, and when I cease to preach Christ, then turn me out of that." Here he ministered faithfully until forced to resign because of poor health one year before his death. He commented, "The truths I have been preaching, I am now living upon, and they'll do very well to die upon."

During his busy life as a minister, Edward Mote wrote more than 150 hymn texts. In 1836 he published a collection titled Hymns of Praise and included "The Solid Rock" in it.

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesusí blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesusí Name.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the 'whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the Throne.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

*For Today*: Matthew 7:24-27; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 5:1-5; Hebrews 6:17-20

Reflect on some of the shaky foundations upon which many of your friends seem to be building their lives. Determine to share Christ with them as you have opportunity.

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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