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Day Eighteen

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run to it and are protected” Proverbs 18:10

There are a lot of reasons to pray these days. The devastation in the little country of Haiti seems hopeless. The atrocities we are seeing in Afghanistan are unfathomable. And a new variant of the virus that shut down our nation and caused death and suffering is on the move. Not only are there many reasons to pray, but there are also many reasons to fear as well. And like many of us, that fear can be crippling. There is no doubt that there is war and warfare in our midst.
A friend of mine asked her aging, faith-filled mother to pray through a decision she had to make. After praying through for several weeks, her mother told her the Lord gave her two words for her…” Fear not”. Every day we are faced with the choice to feed fear, or feed faith. The words “Fear not” are mentioned 365 times throughout God’s great gift to us in His word! It is easy to feed fear. Reasons to fear seem to find us without our really seeking them out.

Tony Evans tells the story of temporarily losing one of his children in Disneyland of all places! He says, “our problem was we’d all become so distracted by the magical sights and sounds of the kingdom we were in, that we lost our focus on what mattered most- our son. Today, you and I are living in a world where, if we don’t intently focus on God’s kingdom, we can easily be pulled into another kingdom; the kingdom of darkness”. Feeding your faith takes intention and perseverance. Our brothers and sisters in persecution across the world right now need our faith! Your brother and sister sitting next to you in worship need your faith!

Proverbs 18 says the NAME of the Lord is a strong tower! We desperately need a place to run. Run to His name….His Name alone is enough to be our strong tower. Run to him. The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run to it and are protected!