Have you heard the idiom, “where you hang your hat?” This saying means that where you hang your hat is a place you can depend on, such as your home. It’s a place where you can rest your cares and worries.
It concerns me to hear someone say, “I rest my hat on evolution theory, I think we can easily see that things evolve.” I don’t think in a million years the hat will turn into a pair of pants, and I can’t hang my hat on the belief that life came from nothing. It worries me because it’s kind of like saying, I depend my entire existence on a man’s idea of a halfhearted book with half-truths that seem to leave you more confused than before you started. They might understand how the hat rack was made and how the hat was hung, but there is no mention of who created the seed, sun, and water which made the tree grow to supply the wood that became the hat rack, or the mind that came up with the idea of a hat and hat rack!
Some say the Bible is just a book, but not me! I believe it’s God’s word for us. The French leader Napoleon Bonaparte said, “The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it.” He also said, “Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love, and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.”
The Holy Bible was created over thousands of years and has over 40 authors who were all on different walks of life, yet there is still absolute harmony from beginning to end. Why? As it says in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately].” That’s a lot to keep under one’s hat. But I can find rest in God’s Holy Bible because I’ve always had a need for a place, not to hang my hat, but to hang my heart!
The image of Jesus hanging on the cross shows that His arms are open wide to embrace us with all our heartaches and to forgive us for our sins. Jesus brought me to a truth that I can finally rest my heart on. If you’re looking for rest and someone you can depend on, look no further than Jesus. Don’t take my word for it, look for yourself. Pick up the Bible, read it with an open heart, run throughout the pages of God’s word in your mind.
In the midst of your journey, I believe you’ll find Christ if you search for Him with all your heart. And that is a truth you can hang your hat on.
The writer is a husband, father, preacher, writer, artist, musician and songwriter. Ben and his wife, Missy, reside with their three sons in St. Marys.