In a time of peril and unrest, there are many who are seeking shelter and safety. Every day, there are countless tragedies which are displayed on the morning or evening news. Millions are seeking refuge in various forms as a way to cope and shield themselves from what occurs daily. While others are panicked, as they attempt to ascertain why our world is as dangerous as it appears to be. The fact is, we are living in a world that isn’t always conducive for our daily living. One might read these words and feel as if there isn’t any hope. However, there is hope, and that hope comes in the form of a loving God who sent His son Jesus to die for the sins of the world.
In Psalm 18:2, the song writer David proclaims God’s greatness regarding the security that God and God alone can give. He says, “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” David understood what we must understand and that is, that God is the one and only one who can provide safety in a time of chaos. The key term that David uses is, “fortress”. What is a fortress?
According to Dictionary.com, a fortress is defined as the following:
1. A large fortified place; a fort or group of forts, often including a town;citadel.
2. Any place of exceptional security; stronghold.
The characteristics of a fortress involve that of extreme security which means that it is difficult or near impossible for outside forces to enter. A fortress especially for military purposes, is a building or complex that contains external and internal defenses. If an enemy attempts to gain entry or attack a heavily fortified fortress, then the enemy will find themselves denied of access. David uses the term fortress because he is describing the attribute of God which is that of guaranteed protection. A fortress is synonymous to a stronghold in which those who are in need of protection can run into it, and are hidden from the outside.
That is what God is and can be for you and I. In the midst of a chaotic world, when violence in addition to unfortunate tragedies persist, you and I have a fortress in God. In Proverbs 18:10, it says, “The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.” This is another declaration of how strong and mighty God is to those who trust in Him. However, in that verse, there is a key word that should not be missed. The word that the writer uses is “godly”. King Solomon who wrote the book of Proverbs, uses the word “godly” to denote the fact that only those who are following God in obedience will benefit from safety.
The distinguishing difference between those who are in Christ and those who are living by their sinful nature is that those who are in sin, do not have a covering. The word “covering” means that there is a level of protection that is either present or it has been lifted. Those who are in rebellion against God, are living in an uncovered state. This means, that whatever occurs will usually happen because they were left open to what our enemy satan has designed.
Have you ever noticed how there are so many celebrities that are seemingly suffering from various addictions (i.e. drugs, sexual) in addition to their lives seeming as if they are out of control? Much of this is because their lives are uncovered from the protection that God provides. Romans 6:23 says that the wages of sin is death, death both in the spiritual and physical sense.
In Isaiah 59:2 it says,
“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.” It is important to note that the prophet Isaiah, was speaking to those in the nation of Judah in this scripture. Isaiah was tasked with speaking to the people of Judah about their sin and un-repentance. However, in verse 9, Isaiah says that the sins of those in Judah have caused a separation from God. However, in the latter part of that verse it says that the sins committed have caused God’s face to be hidden in addition to God no longer listening to the words of those who are in need.
The point to be made is that in order for you and I to benefit from God’s safety, we must live Holy lives that are pleasing unto God. If you desire to be protected from life’s circumstances, then the best place to be found is in a posture of worship and obedience unto God As a disclaimer, it is important to note that even if you have committed your life to God, you will face challenges. It is because we are in a sinful world, that no one is immune to difficulty that may happen. However, the best thing about living for God, is that you have someone who can stand for you when everything around you may be crashing down.
If you have noticed, the intensity of tragic events is increasing worldwide. Even in America, we are seeing various instances of challenges both financially and otherwise that seemingly no one can explain. As the prophet Isaiah mentioned to the nation of Judah, there are consequences for sinfulness. Any nation that decides to balk against God’s decrees will face hardship and eventually destruction. The reason is because God removes His covering when humanity is in an un-reprentant state. Many Americans and even those living in other countries are experiencing hardship in part because of the corruption and sinfulness that resides within their land.
However, the good news is that you and I can find safety in the one and true God who is Jehova. Attempting to find safety in the world will only lead to more insecurity, and dashed hopes. Your politicians, your bank account, nor can any other material possession offer you the safety that God offers through Jesus Christ. God is a fortress in a time of despair, and anyone who trusts in Him by accepting Jesus Christ through the confession of their sins, shall be saved.
God offers the safety that all of humanity is seeking. You can reside within the impenetrable fortress that God Himself is. Even if you find yourself in hardship, the fact that you will have a loving and capable God on your side is enough to protect you from utter destruction. God wants to give you what the world cannot. Only in Christ will you find complete satisfaction and a life that is shielded from the evil schemes that satan presents. You will find that you will be in a strengthened and fortified position, by relying on the only fortress that cannot be broken, and that is the Lord God.