Run to Him!
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“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10
The bell tower at Concordia Seminary in Saint Louis, Missouri, reminds me of the verse from Proverbs, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower.” Made of granite, in a medieval style, the tower looks like a fortress where someone could find refuge in time of trouble.
So often that is just what I need, a safe place, a strong place, a secure place, a place where I can let my worries go, and where my enemies can’t touch me. Oh, how wonderful it would be to have a place all my own where I might have peace!
That is what God has given me, a strong, safe place into which I can go and have peace. That “place” is His name. When I call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I stand not in my puny, weak-willed mortality, but in the strong name of the Lord. There I find His grace, His mercy, His promises, and His Word. There I find peace of mind and rest in Him. There I find forgiveness, faith, and endurance in His holy name.
From there, just as in the bell tower, I can proclaim the Good News of Jesus to all who might hear. When the bells tolled at the seminary, I would always pause what I was doing and listen. So when I speak in God’s name, and in His authority, the whole world looks to the only true security and hope in the world. The Lord’s name and His message goes out into all the world, that the world might hear and be saved.
Run to the Lord, to His strong name, and be safe. Speak from His truth, His Word, and His authority. In the name of Jesus we find our peace and our strong place…
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