True safety or imagined safety?

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Proverbs 18

10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;

The righteous run to it and are safe.

11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city,

And like a high wall in his own esteem.

Where do we go for refuge in life? Do we go to places of our own making, places that have made us feel good in the past or to people that have made us feel good? In today’s Scripture we find two places to run for safety, the Lord or our own accomplishments.   In verse 11 we can find all types of “high walls of our own esteem.”   The NIV puts it this way, “The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it a wall too high to scale.” When we erect walls to protect ourselves, we imagine, we esteem them impenetrable and go hide behind them.

Where do we go for refuge in life? Do we go to places designed by our own imagination, places that give us a false peace? Wealth can take wings and fly away. A bad investment, a major health problem, a job loss, a day in court, a broken down car, a house repair issue, money can take wings and the protection we thought it would provide leaves us exposed. Friends can turn against us; I am reading the book of Job right now and am astounded at the brutal attacks of his “friends” who came to see him. Secret places can be found and developed, favorite songs and movies can fall short. All the places of refuge that we create are places of imagined safety.

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower.”

Psalm 61

1 Hear my cry, O God;

Attend to my prayer.

2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You,

When my heart is overwhelmed;

Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

3 For You have been a shelter for me,

A strong tower from the enemy.

4 I will abide in Your tabernacle forever;

I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.

David knew where to run and found safety in the Lord’s strong tower. Solomon knew that the name of the Lord was the best place to find protection. When we need a place to run, let us run to the strong tower of the Lord’s Word, His peaceful presence is a place of comfort, of wisdom and understanding, a protected place where we find the Prince of peace.

 

Our family is thankful today for God’s care. Justin came home safely from his teaching in Kenya, Bobbi and Stefani got home safely from their Visa run to Singapore, and all of us, including Ben and Steve, found God’s strength to proclaim His word in church on Sunday. We humbly thank the Lord for His riches to do His work.

As I am preaching through the book of Colossians, I opened a New Testament hymn in Colossians 1:15-20. You would enjoy taking time to read and think through this hymn of exaltation of Christ. There are twelve statements identifying the Lord Jesus in these six verses. I wish we knew the tune they used and were able to sing it with the early church. Lift up Christ this week; He draws people to Himself when He is lifted up.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

 

 

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