A Strong Tower

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The Colorado National Monument is one of my favorite places in the West. Perhaps it’s the high desert beauty or the distant Rocky Mountains on the horizon. Maybe it’s the contrast of “sagey” green foliage against gorgeous red rock or the easy access to the most beautiful areas of the park, thanks to a great road around the canyon’s rim. But I think it has a lot to do with the magnificent rock structures, like this amazing tower, that take your breath away.

“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe.” Proverbs 18:10.

The phrase “name of the LORD” encompasses all of God’s attributes. Merciful, gracious, powerful, all-knowing, all-wise, protective, loving, kind, good, sovereign, longsuffering, etc. The list goes on and on. By virtue of who God is, we know that He is a safe refuge to run to during the storms of life, whatever they may be.

The original language of this verse implies that the believer is “set on high,” or is positioned above the trouble. Does the trouble still exist? Yes. Will we still experience it? Yes. But we experience it through the strength and protection of the Lord.

Seeking refuge in our God does not mean we will never be hurt or heartbroken. But it does mean that any hurt or heartbreak allowed by the Lord is never in vain and always for a purpose – so that it will drive us to depend on Him more than anything or anyone else.

When you sense trouble coming, run to the Strong Tower. Don’t go through it alone.

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