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God, My Strong Tower and Fortress

“The Lord is like a strong tower; those who do right can run to him for safety.”

-Proverbs 18:10

“I will say to the Lord, “You are my place of safety and protection. You are my God and I trust you.” -Psalm 91:2

“He protects me like a strong, walled city, and he loves me. He is my defender and my Savior, my shield and my protection. He helps me keep my people under control.”

-Psalm 144:2

We’ve spent many years raising chickens. One year we had approximately eighteen chickens. Although we have varied on the size of our chicken count over the years, we have definitely learned a lot from them. This particular year was no different. Usually, I keep them all in the coop but recently I had to let a few roam freely because we needed to figure some things out about their recent actions. I do keep the barn door open so they can find shelter if they need to though. I had spent some time observing them when a predator was flying about, or a rainstorm came blowing in. I watched as the chickens very quickly would run inside the inner coop when the sound of a hawk or eagle was close by or when the rain would start pouring down. They have learned that they are safe inside the shelter of the coop. Now, with my free-range chickens, they too hurry inside the barn when the rain begins to fall. They too know they are safe inside the shelter, even if it’s not the coop.

Watching my chickens take to safety when trouble or storms arose reminded me of Proverbs which tells us that God is our Strong Tower and we can run to Him to be safe from our enemies. Although God is not a physical tower, He can protect us just the same. He can hide us from our enemies as the walls of the coop does our chickens. And when storms arise, He can protect us and keep us safe. You just need to practice your faith and believe God is here with us even when it seems impossible. He can and will make a way possible.

As a kid did you ever build a fort or fortress? I have a brother so building fortresses just came with the territory. I remember one year we built a fortress out of snow and whenever someone came near, we would throw snowballs at them. Fortresses have been built for centuries all for the same reason. Keep the enemies out and those on the inside safe. A fortress gives those inside a clear view of the enemies and just like we threw snowballs, those in the fortress can protect themselves from the ones trying to attack.

Many times, in the Bible, but mostly in Psalm, God is referred to as our fortress. Like a strong tower we can hide in, we can look to God as that wall of protection. He won’t pelt our enemies with snowballs, but He will keep us safe. We are His children and God doesn’t want harm to cross our paths, so He will protect us. He even promises us that in Psalm 121:7-8 “The Lord will protect you from all dangers; he will guard your life. The Lord will guard you as you come and go, both now and forever.” But we have to trust Him and have that faith. Lean on God and let Him protect you in everything. Yes, times will be hard, and in those times, God is still protecting us. Hide is His fortress today.

Today we will continue our study through 1 Corinthians. I hope you have found some time in your days to open the Bible and study a little deeper. We can always learn so much through the Bible when we open it's pages and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us. God has inspired the writers to help us get through each moment and each day with the encouragement we can find in the Bible. It also helps us grow closer to Jesus and help us become more like Him. Let's continue with 1 Corinthians 7:1-16

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