Where do you go when you are under attack? Whether it’s physically, emotionally or spiritually, you look for a fortress, a safe place, something that can protect you from the attacks of your enemies.
Physically, we look for a safe room, a place to get away from the attacker. Maybe it’s a place with weapons so you can fire back and hopefully scare away your enemy.
Emotionally, we tend to just put up walls. We build our own internal protection that we hope doesn’t allow those around us to affect us. Or maybe we try our best to fight back and tear the other person apart as we are being attacked.
But what do we do spiritually? Some of us have been hurt by the church and swear off any type of religious affiliation. Others become part of the Community Hopper Church, continually jumping from place to place just looking for something that makes them happy.
I like what Proverbs 18 has to say on the subject of where to run. It says,
The name of the Lord is a strong fortress;
the godly run to him and are safe.
Yea, yea, cliche for a church person. Just remember this is a blog about Jesus and the church.
Anyway, ‘The name of the Lord is a fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.’ This is the place the author is telling us to run in times of attack. To the Lord. But if you aren’t a church person you’re probably asking ‘Why?’ Well, I’ll tell you.
David tells us that the Lord is a rock. He is a savior. The place to find protection and safety. He is a shield and has the power the save us from the violence of our enemies. He is the one who is able to fight for us, literally and figuratively, to destroy our enemies. He created emotions so in a time of emotional turmoil, he understand what they feel like. And he is spirit – so in times of spiritual attacks from Satan or his demonic army, the Lord is the only one who can protect us.
So if you are going through a really difficult time in your life, where are you turning? Do you turn to people, substances (medicine, alcohol, hard drugs, coffee), something else or the Lord? I’ll be honest with you – my first go to is to try and avoid the hard stuff even after it happens. I like to pretend it never did and just move on. This rarely works and even when it does, the difficulty really never gets resolved.
Check out this song from Kutless written from the concept of the Lord being a strong tower.