Mar 162010

strong tower
Proverbs 18:10

Have you spent time in Proverbs? I went about two years in my church attendance listening to the recommendations of pastoral leadership saying things like, “There are 31 chapters in Proverbs, one a day and you’ll be through the book in a month!” Many years ago I felt the nudge (from God?) to spend my lunch hours reading Proverbs. I was so intrigued I finished in a week.

Frequently my Bible reading time can follow some sort of trend based on what is happening in my life. I can find verses that apply to a topic and then whatever chapter or book that leads me to, I spend time digging deeper into the meaning of the verse I’ve been led to. That’s my style, I enjoy it – right or wrong to others.

But when I’m in doubt, I always say a quick prayer and start moving through Proverbs. Today, for a reason only God knows, Proverbs 18:10 stuck out. Here it is in the ESV:

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

A strong tower. Yup, I can see that in God. ‘The name’ implies a calling out. I don’t mind doing that, “Lord, help me!” The righteous man, I’m human but I try for righteous. I certainly don’t ignore righteous – I have values based on my belief in Biblical teaching. Ahhh, to be safe. Safety is elusive for me. I’m not sure ‘safe’ is even where the Bible calls us to go most of the time. But for brief periods, safe and peace are so wonderful. We can get safe all from a single verse in the Bible. It doesn’t matter the homes we own, the cars we drive, or the clothes we wear. Thank you, God.

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