Proverbs 18 … Consider Him, Our Strong and Safe Tower

The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous runs into it and is safe,
(18:10).

Aren’t you so grateful for His Wisdom that He extends in His Word? But it seems as though each and every day brings a greater awareness of how little I really know, and how very desperate I am in my need to know Him more and more. But there is one thing I absolutely do know; in this mix of contrasts and descriptions of fools and the wise, of punishment and reward, of death and life, it is unmistakable that nothing and no one can ever compare with Him.

And as I read of His Name as a Strong and Safe Tower, I was struck with a few thoughts.

His Name reveals exactly Who He Is.

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you,’” (Exodus 3:14).

A Tower represents Him as our place of refuge that is strong and secure.

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble,
(Psalm 46:1).

We don’t seek refuge unless we know that we have a need for strength and safety.

Hear my cry, O God;
Give heed to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For You have been a refuge for me,
A tower of strength against the enemy.
Let me dwell in Your tent forever;
Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings,
(Psalm 61:1-4).

He invites us, but will never force us, to come to Him for refuge.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him,” (John 3:16).

And when we do come to Him, He is faithful to strengthen and protect us, for He alone is Our Strong and Safe Tower.

But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one, (2 Thessalonians 3:3).

Consider Him, Our Strong and Safe Tower

  • He is Our Strong and Safe Tower where we find delight in understanding.
    • A fool does not delight in understanding,
      But only in revealing his own mind,
      (18:2).
  • Our Strong and Safe Tower where we are protected from folly.
    • A fool’s lips bring strife,
      And his mouth calls for blows.
      A fool’s mouth is his ruin,
      And his lips are the snare of his soul,
      (18:6-7).
  • Our Strong and Safe Tower where we are strengthened with diligence.
    • He also who is slack in his work
      Is brother to him who destroys,
      (18:9).
  • Our Strong and Safe Tower where we encounter truth.
    • A rich man’s wealth is his strong city,
      And like a high wall in his own imagination,
      (18:11).
  • Our Strong and Safe Tower where we are endowed with humility and honor.
    • Before destruction the heart of man is haughty,
      But humility goes before honor,
      (18:12).
  • Our Strong and Safe Tower where we acquire knowledge.
    • The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge,
      And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge,
      (18:15).
  • Our Strong and Safe Tower where relationships are supported.
    • A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city,
      And contentions are like the bars of a citadel.
      (18:19).
  • Our Strong and Safe Tower where we find comfort in our Friend Who sticks closer than a brother.
    • A man of too many friends comes to ruin,
      But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
      (18:24).

How do we respond to Him, Our Strong and Safe Tower?

It really comes down to this. Where do we go when we need strength and safety? Will we come to Him as Our Strong and Safe Tower?

It is in the Name of Jesus Christ that we will find our safety and protection. He is Our Strong and Safe Tower, and He invites us to abide Him.

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me,” (John 15:4).

Billy Graham said, “Personal salvation is not an occasional rendezvous with Deity; it is an actual dwelling with God.”

Oh, let us continue in His Word each and every day, that we would be set free from sin and enabled to dwell and abide in Him, Our Strong and Safe Tower.

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free,” (John 8:31-32).

Let’s Grow Together!

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