The Strong Tower
Message No. 0667 | Twitter @GodandUs | www.wisdom-speaks.ca
In North America, where it is common to build homes with basements, people are occasionally told that if it becomes too late or impossible to evacuate during a hurricane, then they should go to their basements and lock themselves in for safety. This is because the basement is underground and while the wind might find it easy to destroy and blow away items above ground, including houses, the basements are usually left behind. Even then, the basement is not completely free of danger because hurricanes usually partner with heavy rainfall and basements could be completely flooded, making them unsafe after all.
In ancient times, many cities had what was referred to as strong towers. These were purpose-built, tall, and specially fortified structures equipped with food and other provisions to provide safety in periods of danger. Strong towers were built by clustering steel columns and beams in the buildings’ cores. The engineers use this method to create a backbone that can resist tremendous wind forces. Thus, strong towers were seen as a symbol of protection and provision.
In Proverbs 18:10, the Bible says:
The name of the Lord is a Strong Tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
Now, while it is possible to hide in the basement and still get killed because of strong winds and heavy rainfall, the Bible says that the righteous are safe when they run into the name of the Lord. The difference? God made the guys who made the basement and God made the winds and the rain. These are some aspects of God’s introduction, and when God introduces Himself, what usually follow are promises, commands or decrees. In Isaiah 54:16, God introduced Himself and in verse 17, He gave a decree (no weapon formed against you shall prosper). Notice that in Proverbs 18:10, the Bible does not suggest that the righteous may be safe or could be safe or if the righteous take some precaution while inside the tower, then they are safe. It simply declares that the righteous run into the name of the Lord and are safe.
In Psalm 61 verses 3 and 4, the Bible says:
For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.
This passage is a confirmation of Proverbs 18:10. In it, David is testifying to the protection of God as long as he remained in the strong tower. And who is better to testify to this than David. He was pursued by the king of Israel, with the might of the nation’s weaponry. He could easily have been destroyed if it was not for God who protected him from the enemy.
Today, people run from pillar to post trying to hide from enemies. For enemies who are trying to harm you with physical weapons, yes of course, you should play your own part by not making yourself available. However, most of the battles we are faced with are not physical. This is why Ephesians 6:12 says:
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
If this is the case, then hiding physically from spiritual forces is completely futile. The only solution for a child of God is to run into the strong tower. What are the qualifications for admission into the tower? Remember that being a child of God means that you have accepted the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made to redeem you and therefore He (Jesus Christ) has inputted righteousness to you. It is not by works but by the price He already paid. Next, you have to live ‘Coram Deo’ (i.e., to live holy before God). Only a life of holiness in God grants you continuous and uninterrupted access to the strong tower.
As a reader of this material, you might say, I don’t know what you are talking about, how do I gain access to this unfailing protect so I can stop running from spiritual forces of evil? First, you need to surrender your life to Christ, and you can do it right where you are. In Romans chapter 10 verses 9 and 10, the Bible says:
That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
When you confess your sins to God and ask for forgiveness and surrender your life to the almighty God, you have met the conditions for admission and when you continue to live holy before Him, you have unhindered access. I suggest that you pray this prayer without further delays. Have a blessed week!
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