Proverbs 18: King James Bible
The Strong Tower – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter eighteen, Verses 10-12
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. 11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit. 12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – The Strong Tower
The rich, the prideful, the haughty, all feel safe inside their high walls and wealth. But in truth, they are wide open, and poised to fall. When you allow the enemy into the camp, and he helps you to design the camp, fortify, populate, and furnish the camp, one day that camp turns into a prison.
Pride is the enemy, and the rich are particular targets for the spirit of pride. It’s almost a stereotype now, but how often is it displayed, that a man who has become extremely wealthy, turned into a completely different person than he was before the wealth? This isn’t just an overused story line for TV and movies.
Nothing changes a person like pride can. And if you have much by worldly standards, and succumb to even a slice of pride, soon you’ll be eating the rest of the pie.
Jesus said that it’s hard for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Not impossible, but hard. I believe that the world’s temptations, combined with a constant assault of pride make this so.
Above, the Father has preserved for us what will happen to those who make their wealth the focal point of their lives, and those who put their trust in riches. Destruction is the end of that city of wealth, and the high walls of pride will fall.
But there are those, whose trust isn’t in the strength of their own arm, or the wealth that they may or may not have. There are those who have been humbled, and know exactly how vain the things of this world are, and how fleeting riches are.
The verses above call these people the righteous. The righteous don’t turn to earthly things for their protection, but they turn to the Lord. The verse doesn’t say anything about hiding the righteous in a strong tower. He is the strong tower.
The name of the Lord has saved many throughout the Bible from a host of different situations, including death! And we have a name that is above all names, with which we have been saved from hell and the taste of death. And that name by which we’re called, is the name of the Son of the Most High God, Christ Jesus the Lord!
It isn’t a man made thing, or a feat that we can do to keep us safe from incoming threats. We place our trust in the Lord. If we’ve been made righteous in Christ Jesus, he is the Tower in which we have our safety, and in whom we are directly connected with the Father, by way of the Holy Ghost.
And if that isn’t reason to shout and give thanks to the Father, I don’t know what is!
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 18: King James Bible
20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Romans 10: King James Bible
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
1 Corinthians 1: King James Bible
2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their’s and our’s:
1 Corinthians 6: King James Bible
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
Ephesians 3: King James Bible
14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.
Thank you for your Word, and for the wonderful gift which you’ve given by way of your Son Jesus. We receive all that you have to offer, and pray that you aid us, in meeting any conditions that are required in order to receive whatever promises you’ve given to us. And we thank you that our salvation was a gift, instead of a promise with a set of conditions. Only Jesus qualified to fill those requirements, and we take joy in him, and in your love for all of us who are called by your name. You are our strong tower, and we are safe in you. Please teach us to stay in you through all of our days. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever allowed something that you accomplished, to become the strong tower of your life instead of the Lord?