“The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10).
I am told that in Tokyo Japan there is a tower 2,080 feet high and strong enough to withstand the earthquakes that often rock that area of the world. Engineering technology allows it to sway with the most violent shocks and absorb them without cracking. The tower is called Sky Tree.
King David had many problems and shake-ups in his life. But he could say, “The Lord is…my high tower” (Psalm 18:2). And also, “Thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy” (Psalm 61:3).
We live in difficult times when many of God’s people around the world are going through appalling troubles and sufferings. When such come upon us (and even as young people none of us are immune), we need to run to the Lord, our strong tower. Trials and suffering may reel and rock us, but if we are trusting Him, and finding our refuge in Himself we will not snap or crack. How grateful we should be for the Lord, who is for His people a strong tower of refuge. Are you going through a shake-up? Run to that strong tower today!
Prayer is a wonderful provision of God to ease our burdens, tensions and fears, and restore peace to our hearts and minds. The value of prayer as a vital factor of peace and happiness can never be overestimated. “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). The invitation to bring our requests to God doesn’t necessarily mean long hours spent on our knees. While quiet times are important, we cannot overstress the importance of constantly talking to God about everything during our daily activities. This is what is meant when it says “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), and “praying always” (Ephesians 6:18). Habitually referring everything to God our Father in the midst of our daily routine keeps us in touch with Him so that His peace can keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Here are seven names or titles by which Christ will be known universally in a coming day, when “the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord” (Habakkuk 2:14).
KING OF KINGS (Revelation 19:16).
LORD OF LORDS (Revelation 19:16).
KING OF GLORY (Psalm 24:9).
SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (Malachi 4:2).
PRINCE OF PEACE (Isaiah 9:6).
WORD OF GOD (Revelation 19:13).
LORD GOD ALMIGHTY (Revelation 21:22).
What a wonderful day that will be. In the meantime we remember a rejected Christ, who loved us and died for us at Calvary. He is still, “despised and rejected of men” (Isaiah 53:3), but in that day, “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before Thee” (Psalm 22:27). As we wait that time let’s give Him the worship and honor He is so worthy of here and now.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14).
The Child that was born in Bethlehem is the Son of God whose sacrificial death has provided a way for all men, to be eternally set free from the bonds that enslave them, and to have “peace with God” (Romans 5:1).
He is the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6), because He came in submission to His Father’s will and proclaimed peace to all on the basis of His shed blood.
He is the “Lord of peace” (2 Thessalonians 3:16), because He gives peace that passes understanding to all who keep in prayerful fellowship with His Father with thankful hearts.
He will reign as the “King of peace” (Hebrews 7:2), over the whole earth when He has put all enemies under His feet.
Do you know Jesus Christ as your Saviour? Has He filled your heart with peace? He desires to give you a peace that the world can never give. Trust in Him today!
“If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small” (Proverbs 24:10).
It is the hour of trial and the day of adversity that clearly shows whatever strength we really have, and what or who we are trusting in. To faint, or become disheartened then, is to show that we have not been truly counting upon God for help and deliverance. The time of difficulty and opposition will only find the trusting person more confident still, for he knows where the source of all power is to be found.
When Elijah was threatened by Jezebel he became afraid and fled for his life. “Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time. And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life” (1 Kings 19:2-3).
In contrast we read of another Old Testament man of faith, “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God” (1 Samuel 30:6). Which are you?
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 14:4).
As we go through life we all need comfort. There are tears, loneliness and a host of other problems that we face in this world. When you need comfort, turn to the Bible. There you will find the three persons of the Godhead (the Trinity), ready to supply comfort through the living Word of God.
“The Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:13).
“Now our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts” (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17).
“The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost” (John 14:26).
Whenever you need comfort, turn to the Scriptures. There is no shortage of consolation there.
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts” (2 Corinthians 4:6).
Yesterday’s account of Florence Nightingale made me think of the fact that we who know our Saviour have been given a lamp too. It is the Word of God, and we are responsible to carry it to a sin-sick, dying world. Have we held the Lamp for someone today? Would you be known in your community as the young man or young lady with the Light, the Light of God’s Word? We have a Lamp that can soften hearts, heal the broken spirit, and bring comfort, hope, and encouragement to those around us. Learn to carry the Light for all to see. This world is enveloped in deep moral and spiritual darkness, but we can take courage from the words of the Psalmist, who penned, “Thy word is a lamp…and a light” (Psalm 119:105).
Remember too, that the Bible presents the true light, the Lord Jesus Christ. David in the midst of his difficult circumstances could say: “For Thou art my lamp, O Lord” (2 Samuel 22:29). John the Baptist said of the Lord, “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (John 1:9).
“The entrance of Thy Words giveth light” (Psalm 119:130).
I recently read something of the life of Florence Nightingale, the pioneer of modern nursing. As she served in a military hospital in Turkey during the Crimean War, amid deplorable conditions, her custom was to take a lamp each evening and make her rounds through the hospital wards, making one last check on the wounded and dying soldiers before retiring to her room. In this way she became known as the Lady with the Lamp. The soldiers would eagerly await the glow of her lamp as she checked on them for the final time that day. One who knew of her services wrote:
“Without exaggeration, she is a ‘Ministering Angel’ in these hospitals, and as her slender form glides quietly along each corridor every poor fellow’s face softens with gratitude at the sight of her. When all the medical officers have retired for the night and silence and darkness have settled down upon those miles of prostrate sick, she may be observed alone with a lamp in her hand, making solitary rounds.”