Good morning, Reader! I look at today’s picture and just seeing the rocks makes me think of this very verse! I see my God, my Rock (1 Corinthians 10:4), standing high above my tumultuous times in life and waving me to come to Him! I can be in the middle of the worst trials of my life, yet I can see Him from every angle! He truly is my high tower!
Think about today’s verse for a bit and meditate on what it means to you. I think of when Jesus motioned to Peter, who was on the ship, to come to Him as He was walking on the water. Peter stepped out on faith and came off the ship and walked on the water toward Jesus. But what happened next? A violent wind came along and Peter lost his focus. Not only that, his faith was shaken when he took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the storm. The good news is that once he began to sink, Peter cried out to the Lord to save him and the Lord immediately stretched out His hand and caught Peter! You can read all about this in Matthew 14:22-33.
What do you do during your turbulent times in life, Reader? Do you fret and worry? Are you afraid? Do you trust in the Lord (Proverbs 3:5-6) and rely on Him to carry you through? Today’s verse impressed upon me that God is firm as a rock (1 Corinthians 10:4) and His ways never change. (Malachi 3:6) The next noun in our verse is fortress – oh what a blessing is that word???!!! We can run and hide in Him! We can tell Him all of our troubles as we dwell in that hiding place for a while. Look what happens as a result? He becomes our deliverer! He may not take the problems away but He will deliver you from your fears and bring you comfort! Praise the Lord for His endless mercy❣
David knew where to turn and who to turn to when he needed help, amen? We have God’s Word to teach us what to do when we encounter situations as David did. Granted, we may not go to a physical war with people but there are spiritual battles going on all around us! (Ephesians 6:12) We, too, can run to our High Tower to deliver us from these times!
When I meditated on the Lord being a fortress and a hiding place for me, I immediately thought of the hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”!
1 A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he, amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
does seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.
2 Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right Man on our side,
the Man of God’s own choosing.
You ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth his name,
from age to age the same;
and he must win the battle.
3 And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God has willed
his truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo! his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.
Yes, the English used in this hymn is old English, but if you really let this hymn permeate your heart, you’ll totally appreciate it. Did you realize that Martin Luther wrote this hymn in 1529? He was one of the prominent figures in the Protestant Reformation. We can almost see the reasons why he wrote the hymn as he was up against some of the Roman Catholic Church’s doctrines. He was up against the devil’s wiles but he knew where he could run to hide! His strength came from above and he did not wince or cower. Will you when your time comes to defend the faith in these end times? Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the East, Reader. We are seeing an uptick here in the United States, although we are not being put to death at this time. But there will come a time when we may be arrested for speaking the Word of God in public! We must get ready and BE ready for this!
It is up to you to pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and change your current habits about your relationship with the Lord. Get serious about your walk with Him and allow the Holy Spirit of God to lead and guide you. Don’t be willfully ignorant of the end times. (2 Peter 3:5) If you are not born-again, confess your sins and repent of them. The time is coming when it will be too late for you to repent. You will remember each opportunity you were given by God to be saved; you will remember each time you laughed it off and ignored it. Please Reader, repent and accept Christ into your life. (Act 16:31, Rom 10:9) I want to be sure that anyone who reads the posts on this blog can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are going to Heaven. Have you received Christ as your Saviour? If no, your sins are not covered by His sacrificial offering of Himself. You have not been redeemed by His blood. It is no coincidence that God has placed you here for such a time as this so that you may be saved if you are not already. Please click here and the link will open up in a separate tab to You Can Be Born Again and Know It!