Sunday, February 22, 2015

Strength And Safety

For several years Mary and I lived near the top of King Mountain. It was a majestic setting. There was a breathtaking view from every window in every room. We had views that changed daily with the rising and setting of the sun, the moon and stars and colorful seasons. The storms were severe and sudden with strong winds, rain and snow. There were days when we could not leave our home because we were “snowed in” and ice covered the road to the highway. Even though there were times when the winds were over 70 miles an hour, we felt secure. The structure was sound and stable and the siding was thick and tight. It was built to withstand the fiercest storms.

In Proverbs 18:10 we find a phrase that occurs only once in Proverbs. But it is a most important phrase: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” This phrase, “The Name of the Lord” stands for the Lord Himself! It is the revelation of who He is and how He wants us to see and understand Him. In this verse He is making Himself known to us. It does not talk about Him or something He might do; it tells us Who He is! This self-revelation of God clearly and specifically states that He is a "strong tower." Furthermore, when we trust in “the Name of the Lord” we are trusting in Him to be our all sufficient refuge and when we do so we enter into a place where no one can harm us or has access to us!

Here, in this “strong tower” those who are righteous will find safety and security because they are wrapped in His strength. The “strong tower,” however, is for His own.

Prayer:  We thank You, Lord, for being our strong tower, where we can abide in peace, safety, comfort and hope. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

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