The Strong Tower | Proverbs 18:10-12
The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it a wall too high to scale. Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.
Towers were an important part of a biblical city’s protection. Many cities built high towers at the corner of each wall. These towers were hollow with a staircase reaching to the top. Each one served as a watchtower to spot invading armies and provide the defensive upper hand. The height placed archers at a distinct advantage as the enemy approached.
Many have their “fortified city” today. For some it is their money. As our verse says, the rich imagine their wealth is “a wall too high to scale.” Others feel invincible due to their intelligence, expertise, training or position, but pride in ourselves or our stuff is always a red flag. Proverbs reminds us that “before a downfall the heart is haughty.”
Those who follow Jesus realize that only he is the place of security and protection. That’s why we run to Jesus “and are safe.” Only Christ protects us throughout this life. Jesus is the only One who can deliver us safely home.
Lord Jesus, thank you for being my fortified tower. Thank you for the invitation to come in to your security throughout this life and throughout eternity. Amen.