When I was a boy, my teachers used to warn us not to run in the hallway because we could get hurt, or hurt someone else. How true. But when it comes to the ultimate source of safety, peace, strength and courage, the wisest thing we can do is run — to the LORD.
You need a safe place. A place where you can go to renew your mind, refresh your spirit and gain strength. More than ever in America, our busy, distracted lives are costing us dearly. The good news is that there’s a place you can go for a daily “reset” that will positively impact everything in your life. But it’s more than a place. It’s a person, and that person is God himself.
King Solomon was the wisest man (apart from Jesus) who ever lived. He penned Proverbs 18:10, a beautiful “brick” you’d be wise to lay down in the bedrock of your daily routine. Here is Solomon’s timeless, practical wisdom, for you:
“The name of the LORD is a fortified tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe.” (NIV)
Your “fortified tower” is the highest tower to which you could possibly run. That tower is none other than the God of creation, the God of salvation, the LORD.
Whenever we see the word “LORD” in the Bible, it’s not just a title. It’s the personal Name of God, given to Moses on Mt. Sinai, in that unforgettable account recorded in Exodus 3:1-16 (NIV):
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
And Moses said, “Here I am.”
“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
“Why walk, when running will get you to safety much quicker?”
The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey — the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. O now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”
Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers — the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob — has sent me to you.’
“This is my name forever,
the name you shall call me
from generation to generation.”
TIME TO RUN
God, the LORD, can be your high tower, your fortress. When you are within his arms, nothing can touch you without his approval. Those things that he allows are actually for your benefit and his glory.
There is a time to walk and a time to run. Nowadays, in America, it’s time to run — into the LORD’s arms. Why walk, when running will get you to safety much quicker? Every day, set aside time to read the Bible, even if briefly, and let God be your source of fortification.
“Which version of the Bible is the best,” you ask? The one you read and apply.
IS IT TIME FOR YOU TO RUN? THE LORD PROMISES TO BE YOUR FORTRESS — AND WHEN HE IS, NOTHING WILL SHAKE YOU.
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