Where do you turn and run to seek refuge during the midst of life’s storms? Do you have a strong tower of refuge? Or, do you try and take on life’s problems with your own strength? If you try to do it in your own power, you will end up burned out and at the end of your rope with no where to turn. If that is where you find yourself now, then please understand that there is hope for you. There is a strong tower that offers a place of refuge for you. All you have to do is know where it is and run to it. In this article, I would like to begin looking at the character of God, our strong tower of refuge.
I. The Name of God is a strong tower
In Biblical times, a person’s name was synonymous with his character. When the Bible speaks of the Name(s) of God, then we can understand that the reference is to God’s character and how He manifests Himself to mankind.
10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe. (Proverbs 18)
The Bible says that God is our strong tower and that if we are wise then we will run to Him for safety and protection. The expression “God helps those who help themselves” is not found in the Bible. In fact, it is not theologically sound. God never calls us to do it ourselves or even try to do it ourselves and then let Him step in. When we try to live life the way we think is best, we end up in mess after mess. God wants us to know that He is our strong tower and that we need to run to Him from the very beginning to find safety and refuge. There is a condition here other than knowing that He is there and running to Him. We must be righteous people. The word righteous means “correct” or “right”. A righteous person is right with God according to God’s standards. A righteous person seeks to do things God’s way. Being righteous does not mean that you constantly do things your way, mess everything up, and then run to God as a strong tower to get you out of the mess. Running to God as a strong tower and being righteous, these two things mean that you do it His way and rely on His wisdom for guidance and His protection. God may ask you to do some things that do not make sense to you, that may seem to put you at risk, but if you are a righteous person then you will do it His way and trust in His guidance and protection. Here are a few Biblical examples:
1) Noah – spent years building an arc in a landlocked area because the world is going to be flooded by a phenomenon called rain (Genesis 6)
2) Abraham – leave everything that you know and have so that you can be blessed and become a blessing to others (Genesis 12)
3) Moses – deliver the children of Israel from a world super power with a staff and your brother (Exodus)
4)Joshua and the battle of Jericho by sending out the religious leaders on the front line, and marching the entire army around the city for 7 straight days. (Joshua 6)
5)Gideon – was told pull down the alter of Baal, which went against the entire culture, even his family heritage. The people were ready to kill his children because of his “sacrilege” (Judges 6) – taking 22,000 men to fight 120,000, then dwindled army down to 300, did not take swords but trumpets to battle (Judges 7)
II. God wants to be your strong tower of protection and your beacon of guidance through life yet there are some requirements that you must meet in order for this to be a reality in your life
1) know Him and His character (Daniel 11:32, John 17:3)
the people who know their God will display strength and take action “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
This is an intimate knowledge, the way a husband knows his wife. You do not just know information about God, but you know Him in a personal way through His Word and through spending personal time with Him.
2) trust in His character and obey Him(Isaiah 50:10, Psalm 50:15)
Who is among you that fears the LORD, That obeys the voice of His servant, That walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.”
When you know God personally then you are able to trust in His provision, that He will provide at the right time and His provision is enough. We show our trust by obeying His Word. When Moses was sent to Pharaoh, he was told “I am all that you need” by God and all that Moses had to do was obey.
3) expect victory in all things done His way according to His plan (Psalm 20:5-7)
5 We will sing for joy over your victory, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners. May the LORD fulfill all your petitions. 6 Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand. 7 Some boast in chariots and some in horses, But we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God.
The phrase set up banners actually means “go into battle with the victory sign already waving”. This is the confidence that we are to have in God and His Word. When we battle against the evils of this world and the storms of life, we walk into the storm knowing that we have already won the victory, all we have to do is walk through with confidence. Do you know God so well that you do not fear any of life’s situations? Do you have this kind of confidence in God? If not, then you need to spend some time getting to know Him and what He is able to do.
III. There are tremendous benefits to knowing God as your strong tower, running to Him, and living the way that He wants.
I want to list a few of them here based on some of the passages that we have already seen.
- Ability to display strength (in the midst of difficult times)
- Ability to take action (many dream of being able to do this yet the children of God actually do it)
- Safety (again, in the midst of life’s worst storms)
- Eternal life (assurance, if you lose the battle, you still win the war)
- Victory (over evil, over the enemy, over the difficult circumstances)
- Rescue (if you do it God’s way, you overcome, or, if the circumstance takes your life, you still win because then you are completely rescued from life’s problems and you enter eternal life with the Lord)
What about you my dear friend, do you know that there is a strong tower of refuge that will protect you during the storms of life? Have you ever run to that tower (God)? Are you ready to receive all of the benefits of having God as your strong tower? Are you ready to meet the requirements? Do you want to know God personally, intimately the way and husband and wife know each other? It all begins with taking the Bible off of the bookshelf, wiping off the dust, and opening the pages, coming face to face with the Creator of the universe. Will you set aside an hour a day to meet with Him through Bible study? If you will do this and apply what you learn from those precious moments during Bible study then you will be amazed at the transformation that takes place in your life. May God bless you as you get to know and trust Him.