Have you ever looked up the definition of the word fortress? It is defined as a “place of exceptional security, a stronghold.” We are told in Proverbs that “The name of the Lord is a strong fortress.” If we substitute the definition of fortress for the word itself, the verse reads like this; “The name of the Lord is a strong place of exceptional security.”
So if the name of the Lord is a strong place of exceptional security, why don’t I run to him for security?
I can really identify with Paul when he writes these words to the church in Rome; “I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it.” Those words can stop me in my tracks because I know I need to run to the Lord. I want to rest in his promises and his power, yet I frequently find myself depending on me and not him. I often find myself heading away from the promises of God because I have convinced myself that I can figure it out. I can find the solution. Instead of running to the great I Am, I depend on the “great” I can.
But what if we decided to head the other way and run to the promises of the Lord? What if our kids saw us depend on Jesus instead of ourselves? What if they saw us run to him for safety when we are afraid? Fear is an ever-present reality for our kids. It’s not something they experience, it is a state of being. How beautiful for them to see their parents run to the outstretched arms of Jesus when we are struggling and afraid.
Kids learn so much by observing. Don’t retreat to your room to study and pray. Make sure they see you reading your bible. Let them see you pray. Don’t just pray for them, pray with them. Seek wise counsel in difficult things. Show them how to run to the strong fortress that is our God.
Lord, I praise your great name. It is a strong fortress. You are my author of my salvation and the reason for my hope. Thank you for always loving me and always protecting me. Please help me show my children how to run to you.
In Jesus name, Amen
“The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.” – Proverbs 18:10 (NLT)
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