You never know when disaster will hit. Right now, the entire gulf coast of Texas has experienced widespread devastation from a fierce, Category 4 hurricane. If you live anywhere in the Southeast Texas region, then you are fully aware of the continuous life-threatening perils lurking around you or loved ones. Record high flooding, power outages, and fast-forming tornadoes have kept everyone, including myself, on high alert as we try to stay one step ahead of the storm. I pray you are safe and haven’t been majorly affected; however, if you have been, please know that there is a God you can run to; a God who is your “refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). Whether it’s this storm, or any other storm you may be facing, His word says that He is a strong tower that the righteous can run into and be safe” (Proverbs 18:10)!
Does this mean the storm will go away? No, unfortunately that’s not usually the case. But I’ll tell you what it does mean. During the time that Proverbs was written, a strong tower was a huge and heavily fortified place of refuge for soldiers and replacements. It was made of thick stone blocks that helped keep its inhabitants sheltered from harm. So, as your strong tower, God promises to protect you from the deadly perils that surround you. Regarding the current storm we are facing locally, I have been relieved to already hear many testimonies of people being safely rescued and offered shelter by first responders, loved ones, neighbors, and even strangers. God is working through people for the people who trust Him!
God as your strong tower also means you have a promise of provision. During ancient times, strong towers were built to hold inordinate amounts of food and supplies, even in the midst of warfare. You can rest assured that just as He provides instrumental people and protection over you, He will also provide you with all the physical and spiritual nourishment you need to survive the battle/storm you are facing! No wonder David wrote:
“From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings” (Psalm 61:2-4).
Just like David, even when your heart grows faint and overwhelmed in the midst of the storm, choose to take refuge in the promises of God. I am personally praying for every reader who is going through their own personal storm, but I also ask that you join me in prayer for everyone being affected by the hurricane in Southeast Texas. Together, let’s claim God’s protection and provision for His people!