The Lord wants you to know that He is your safe place. When God visited Abraham in Genesis 15, He said, “Fear not Abraham, for I am your shield.” God needed Abraham to trust Him for protection. Proverbs 29:25 says, “The fear of a man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” Intangible fear can bring real problems. So God wants us to stay in faith, faith that He is our protector. So He says, “Abraham, I’m your shield.”
To the Israelites He was a canopy, a cloud by day and fire by night. He is a refuge, a sanctuary, God is your covering, He is your secret place, you take refuge under His wing, in His shadow. Faith in God is like Captain Kirk calling shields up, not just a shield in the front, but all around you. Proverbs 18:10 says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run to it and are safe.” Here His name is described as a place, a location, a destination. Here is the problem, people don’t feel safe. There’s terrorism, a nuclear North Korea, and my son Matthew will be driving soon. You need to feel safe in your marriage, or feel safe at your job, or even feel safe at your home.
There is an enemy; he’s a roaring lion seeking out whom he might devour. He’s a serpent trying to mess you up. He comes in like a flood. But when you know you are in the Strong Tower, there is nothing to fear. I talk to Christians, Pastor, we are under attack right now, it seems like the enemy is coming at us from every side. But the name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run to it and are safe. It’s not a position of weakness, but it is a position of strength. It says you are “safe” here means you are inaccessibly high. Today we learn about the strong tower, canopy, the force field, the sanctuary, the refuge, the bubble of God’s protection, the shield… We want you to live a life free of fear, resting in the safety of our God. He is a mighty shield around you. I want you inaccessibly high, completely out of range.