“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10
My husband Jorge and I enjoy hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, which happens to be an ideal habitat for black bears. Thankfully, we never had to run from a black bear, but if we had to, it would be best not only to run “from” the bear, but to run “to” a safe place. A car. A refuge. A shelter. We can’t run from a bear for very long on our own strength, because the bear would catch up with us. We would have to have a safe place and know exactly where it is, then run – like everything!! – to it.
On day 5 of our Proverbs meditations, we looked at the ugliness of sin and realized that we must run from temptation. (See “Pay Attention!” posted on August 5, 2014) Unfortunately, we can’t run from something for very long without having a safe place to run to. Thank God, we have a refuge to run to when we are confronted with temptation. That safe place is the name of the Lord. Running to the name of the Lord and crying out to Him for help, we are protected.
Stop running from sin and temptation on your own. You’ll run out of strength and be overtaken. Run to the name of the Lord!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for being our safe place. As we run from temptation, lead us right into the safety of your protecting arms. Amen!