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Your “God Guarantee”

“The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” —Proverbs 18:10

In Bible times, there was no greater defensive fortification than a tower. As enemies appeared on the horizon, relatively few defenders could use their tower’s advantage to turn back a superior force (see Judges 9:51 for an example).

This proverb—short enough to memorize, ensuring its truth accompanies us into battle every day—offers sound advice for believers: We can take refuge in the name of the Lord.

The “name of the Lord” refers to our God’s steadfast character and unassailable promises. Sort of like the signature on a check—the one who signs guarantees the amount—all that God has promised is guaranteed by who He is.

We all face adversities in this life. Sometimes even adversaries. You may be facing trials or threats today. Where will you turn? Better, to whom?

As believers, we recognize there is a spiritual component to all of life’s struggles. Our battles today are truly “not against flesh and blood, principalities and powers” (see Ephesians 6:12).

It’s not a fortified high tower we need, but the presence, protection, and provision of our God. His all-present, all-powerful, all-sufficient grace, mercy, and love are your sure refuge.

Declare, as the Psalmist did: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” (Psalm 18:2).

My prayer for this week:

Heavenly Father, thank you for the powerful truth of this week’s verse. I am grateful for the reminder that my protection ultimately rests in you. Please help me this week, and going forward, to turn only to you as my refuge, to count on you alone—for who you are and all you do.