Where do you turn during times of trouble? Food? Alcohol? Friends? Television? Shopping? Do you run away when the pain gets too awful? What do you do when the events of life throw one. more. thing. your way?
Take a look at this verse:
The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him. ~ Psalm 37:39-40
When the arrows begin to fly towards you, what should you do? Hide? Run towards the trouble? No. We are to take refuge. Think of those days during the time of Robin Hood. When the enemy would come towards a kingdom, the people would drop what they were doing and run as quickly as possible to the walled towers of the city. They would take refuge.
That’s what we are supposed to do. Run. Take refuge. In fact…
The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. ~ Proverbs 18:10
Have you thought about the names of God recently? Let me list just a few for you:
Adonai-Jehovah — The Lord our Sovereign
El-Elyon — The Lord Most High
El-Olam — The Everlasting God
El-Shaddai — The God Who is Sufficient for the Needs of His People
Jehovah-Elohim — The Eternal Creator
Jehovah-Jireh — The Lord our Provider
Jehovah-Nissi — The Lord our Banner
Jehovah-Ropheka — The Lord our Healer
Jehovah-Shalom — The Lord our Peace
Jehovah-Tsidkenu — The Lord our Righteousness
Jehovah-Mekaddishkem — The Lord our Sanctifier
Aren’t His names amazing? And we are to run to them. We are to BOAST in the name of the Lord our God. (Psalm 20:7)
And once we start running towards those names, and boasting in the Lord, we will come to know God more and we will display strength and be able to take action! (Daniel 11:32) We’ll be taking refuge in a strong tower. We’ll be able to raise the banner of the Lord. And our tower will not be built on sand, but on the Rock! God is our Deliverer, our Shield, our Horn of Salvation, our Stronghold, and our Savior!
What action will we be able to do? We’ll be able to extend comfort to those around us who are going through troubling times just like us. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
God causes all things to work together for good; especially troubles and afflictions. The Lord wants us to show the world that we are more than overcomers and that through Jesus we have victory! Why do we have victory? Because Jesus has already overcome the world.
But you have to believe. You have to believe that Jesus is the Son of God in order to be an overcomer. (1 John 5:4-5)
Belief = FAITH
Are you going through a tough time right now? Run to the tower! Your Faith in Jesus will save you.