It is a city with a quarter of a million people, located in the state of Tamil Nadu, in India. Tiruchchirappalli is situated on the Cauvery River, 190 miles southwest of Madras. The city has not always been so difficult to say or spell. It used to be known simply as Trichinopoly.

Known for being an important rail junction with a large railroad workshop, Tiruchchirappalli has numerous businesses that manufacture textiles, cement, and cigars. It is the chief market for the produce of the Cauvery delta. Of course, Tiruchchirappalli was once the capital of the Chola Empire.

But none of that is the reason for today’s lesson on Tiruchchirappalli. The next time you visit, you will notice that the city is dominated by “The Rock,” a natural formation that rises 273 feet above street level. It is an amazing thing to see. Many have begun to refer to Tiruchchirappalli as “The Rock.”

That’s not a bad parable on life. The New Testament speaks of Christ as “The Rock.”

When you walk with the Lord, people won’t notice you so much. But they will notice “The Rock.” Just ask you friends in Tiruchchirappalli.

God told Moses, “I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock and water will come out of it for the people to drink” (Exodus 17:6).

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