Title: SAFELY GUARDED
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe. The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own esteemProverbs 18:10-11
It may surprise you today to know that one of the greatest need and desire of man is security of his life, his loved ones and then the security of his property or possessions. If you’re asked, maybe you might not even mention this among your top ten list of needs right now, but you will agree with me that no matter what it is that you gather in life, family, awards, successes, etc., without security, you can lose them all in an instant.
In the above text, the Bible mentions two types of defenses (or strong cities, fortresses, etc.): The name of the Lord and the wealth of the rich. If you even reason it today, there is a kind of security that being rich can afford you. Do you see how the rich walk with their security details? How about their vaults, multiple bank accounts, safes, guards, security cameras, dogs, etc. Truly, these things promise some assurance of safety.
However, with all the security details, men haven’t been able to stop assassinations, burglars, theft or robbery, hackings, scamming, accidents, highjacking, sicknesses and diseases, etc. No amount of money on earth have been able to stop these from attacking anyone even if they ‘buried’ themselves inside their wealth/security. Wealth has never stopped children from being wayward, cars or planes from crashing, marriages falling apart, peace of mind and health being attacked by the enemy of your soul. All these proves to us that this strong city called wealth, though strong as it is, isn’t fail-proof nor safe to trust in.
Those who trust in their wealth And boast in the multitude of their riches, none of them can by any means redeem his brother, Nor give to God a ransom for him— For the redemption of their souls is costly, And it shall cease forever— That he should continue to live eternally, And not see the Pit. For he sees wise men die; Likewise the fool and the senseless person perish, and leave their wealth to others.
But, glory to God! There is a Strong City that promises a hundred percent safety. It is called the name of the Lord. The security that this Fortress gives surpasses what wealth can afford. It covers and secures spiritual, physical, psychological, financial, marital, parental, mechanical, electrical areas and all areas that concerns your life.
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They have bowed down and fallen; But we have risen and stand upright.
There is a big contrast between the security of our wealth or strength as compared to that which we have in the name of the Lord. Others are limited and can’t go beyond certain limits. But what we have in our Lord’s name is beyond the far reaches of the brightest minds.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
This Strong Tower has a gate that is opened night and day to THOSE WHO RUN INTO IT. And who are those who are allowed in? The righteous. Who are the righteous? Those who have received the cleansing and redemption work of Jesus Christ on their behalf. By our faith in this, we have right standing with God and thus take upon ourselves the righteousness of Jesus Christ. -2Cor. 5:21
That’s why that name, Jesus, is the greatest security we can ever have. WHOEVER CALLS UPON THAT NAME WILL FIND SAFETY- Acts 2:21, “And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved.”
Will you call upon this Name today as your place of security? Will you consider putting your trust, life and possession in this Fortress that no thief, attack, storms, division, disease can break into? He is worth trusting. He is worth trying. Give your family and you to the greatest security and go to bed each day knowing this: He to whom you’ve committed yourself never sleeps but will watch over you day and night and keep you, in Jesus name, amen.