The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the
righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10 (NIV)
There are two sides to fortification; one has
to do with the impregnable walls that keep the attackers out. The other side is
the provisions for the people inside. A fortress is not built in a day; in the
customs of ancient warfare, provisions are built up to last at least a year in
case of a siege.
There’s a time for everything under the sun
says the Solomon, the wise king of Israel. There’s a time to advance and a time
to retreat. Sometimes, when the heart is overwhelmed, even the righteous needs
a place to run to for refuge.
The same way you need to dig your well before
you’re thirsty, you also need access to your refuge and know the way to it
before the evil times. Once when King David was running away from Saul, he met
Ahimelech the priest, he didn’t have to introduce himself to the priest. You
need to foster a relationship with the Lord before the evil days.
The priest gave David bread and when David
turned to leave, he asked the priest for a sword, the only one available was
the same one he deposited there after the battle in the Valley of Elah. With so
much going on about tithes and offering in the church today, it’s good to
remember that any provision in this fortress will need to be supplied by
Though the name of the Lord is a fortress
available to all, it’s by choice you run into it, some may choose to run away
from it for various reasons. Only the righteous can run into it, righteous not
for what they’ve done but for what Jesus did on their behalf.
For by grace are you saved through faith….
run to God, don’t run away from Him.