“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10
We are in a battle, and the opponents we war against are not objects or people. Yes, the devil uses objects and people to attack us, but these elements are not our real opponents but the devil, who is a spirit. So Ephesians 6:12 says, “for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers.”
Everyone, irrespective of age, sex, class, and nationality, is expected to face spiritual battles in his/her lifetime. Having a place of refuge and defense when an attack comes is critical, but the question is, where do you run to for safety and defense? Where do you go to find peace when your life is at stake? Think about it for a moment.
Psalm 18:6 says, “In my distress, I called upon the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From His temple, He heard my voice, and my cry for His help reached His ears.”
As believers, our most outstanding defense against the devil and his devices is the name of the Lord. As we begin to understand this crucial aspect of Christian life and seek to connect to this most reliable defense source, we will begin to enjoy the absolute security we have in Him. However, this assured security does not come without sacrifice.
If we take kin look at the entire verse, we will see a criterion for gaining access to the saving power in this strong tower. No doubt action is required to run into the tower, but not all that run into it can be safe – “the righteous runs into it, and is safe.” The word righteous is from the Hebrew word “tsadaq,” which means to be upright, just, or justified. As children of God, we must rid ourselves of sin and present it as a living sacrifice unto our God, which is our reasonable service. Psalm 34:15 says, “The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous, And His ears are toward their cry for help.”
1. Father, rid me of every sin that may deprive me of the protection in your tower.
2. Dear God, I pray that you grant me the peace of mind to know what to do when I am in trouble in Jesus’ name. Amen.