Verse of the Day Devotion: Proverbs 18:10
“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.” – Proverbs 18:10
Today’s culture is a mess. There is so much fear in this world, it is a sad state we find ourselves in. However, my goal today is not to increase you fear, but to lessen it by looking to the one who can help us through these times. In times of distress, people will look around for a place the deem as safe. Some find their safety in entertainment. They figure if they can take their minds off their situation, they can put this stress out of their mind. Some will turn to alcohol and drugs to just numb their brain so they will not think about them. Too often, we simply look for ways to refocus our attention to other things. However, there is a much better way to handle this. It is to face it while giving it to God.
Our focus verse tells us that we are to run to Him, and we will be safe. He is a strong tower, a fortress, that we can go to and know we are in a good place. He is a refuge in time of need. I like the way Adam Clarke puts it. “What a strong tower is to the besieged, the like is God to His persecuted, tempted and afflicted followers.” Think of families in a town where the enemy is attacking and overtaking them. When they finally get into the tower and the doors are shut and locked, they can now relax and take a rest. This is how we can be when we go to God for safety and protection in our trials.
This idea is found throughout the scriptures. In Joshua, we read, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9. He promised Israel that He would always be with them, so they had nothing to fear. The writer of Hebrews put it this way to the followers of Christ. “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you. So we can confidently say, The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6. There is nothing that man can do to us that God cannot and will not defend us from. And I will add that there nothing that anything can do to us that God cannot defend or protect us from.
And one final verse, of which I will quote the prophet Isaiah. “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish. You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all. For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” Isaiah 41:10-13.
No matter what this world brings our way, it has no chance of defeating us if we go to Him for safety. We have nothing to fear, for as the writer of Hebrews said, “what can man do to me.” If He is always with us, we have a definite and infinite advantage over anyone or anything that desires to cause us harm. If we find ourselves in a dangerous situation, we can do what we can, but remember, He is with us at all times. “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21. Whether we live or die, Christ is gain to us. While we live we are His servant and Christ our portion. If we die, we will gain infinitely because we will be saved from what troubles were waiting for us and are immediately in heaven, our eternal home. Either way, we win.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.