Day 18: Proverbs 18:10
The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
- "The name of the Lord" - His character and all of His attributes and perfection are our true source of strength, security and safety from assaults of the evil one, the world, accusations and fear of death . . . our salvation. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Acts 2:21).
- "A strong tower" - indicates a fortress that is unavailable to the enemy, thatprovides us absolute protection above anything that might destroy us . . . for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy (Psalm 61:3)
- "The believer in his high-days, and they ought to be every day, is like an eagle perched aloft on a towering crag. Yonder is a hunter, down below, who would fain strike the royal bird; he has his rifle with him; but his rifle would not reach one third of the way; so the royal bird looks down upon him; sees him load and prime, and aim; and looks in quiet contempt on him, not intending even to take the trouble to stretch one of his wings; he sees him load again, hears the bullet down below, but he is quite safe, for he is up aloft. Such is the faithful Christians state before God"
- "Runs into it" -not walk or saunter, but run in haste and without hesitation, knowing our destination . . . running into and not up to and stopping
Our world is in turmoil and burdensome with persistent pressure to do more and have more. We have anxiety about our health, injustices, the national debt, unemployment rate, politics, and other unforeseen circumstances . . . or are concerned about retirement years, the stock market . . . whatever. We fear not only what we know but also what we don't.
Today's crisis of independence can lead us to trust in ourselves, the false security of wealth, or in earthly things and knowledge versus God . . . trusting in what we can do and can accomplish.
When our faith is tested, lives in conflict and hope gone . . . God is there. He doesn't promise a life without trials . . . in fact, He promises the opposite ("I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." John 16:33) . . . but He does promise to be with us through every trial.
Running into the tower is an action and takes effort on our part. How we run and how fast we run depends on our knowledge of Him and our resulting faith and trust. We must go to Christ, giving Him our heart and letting Him enter our lives . . . surrounding us completely to where He is in us and we are in Him. The question is . . . do you believe that the name of the Lord is your strong tower?
God is our source of security for all eternity - He always has been and He always will be.
Hear my cry, O God,
listen to my prayer;
from the end of the earth I call to you
when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock
that is higher than I,
for you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the enemy. Psalm 61: 1-3
Lord, thank you for giving us the understanding of the power in your name. Let us never forget that you are our helper and let us never trust in anything else. Protect us from lies of the enemy that might make us doubt. Let your name be our shield from all attacks internally, externally, physically and spiritually as we run to You. Your name is our strong tower. When our children fear . . . help them to run to You first. We are righteous by the blood of Jesus and we proclaim this truth over our family's life. We pray this in your name. Amen
- Sandy Rambach