“Our High Tower Of Refuge” ( Proverbs 29: 25, NEB ) by Carley Evans

“A man’s fears will prove a snare to him, but he who trusts in the Lord has a high tower of refuge.”

We fear so much despite being commanded to fear not. “Say to the anxious, Be strong and fear not. See, your God comes with vengeance, with dread retribution He comes to save you. Then shall blind men’s eyes be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb shout aloud; for water springs up in the wilderness and torrents flow in dry land. The mirage becomes a pool.” (Isaiah 35: 4 – 7)

In the wilderness and dry land, the mirage becomes a pool. In the midst of suffering, God comes to save. “If God is on our side, who is against us?” asks Paul. (Romans 8: 31) Who are we to fear others? “Humble yourselves then under God’s mighty hand, and He will lift you up in due time. Cast all your cares on Him, for you are His charge.” (1 Peter 5: 6 – 7)

Do not be ensnared by your fear of mankind or even your fear of our adversary. For our enemy is defeated and our Lord is our “high tower of refuge.”

“But The Lord Is Faithful” (2 Thessalonians 3: 3, HCSB) by Carley Evans

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy inform the church of the Thessalonians that God protects Christians from “wicked and evil men” who do not have faith. In addition, God “strengthens and guards [us] from the evil one.” (2 Thessalonians 3: 2, 3)

God “encourages [our] hearts and strengthens [us] in every good work and word.” (2 Thessalonians 2: 17)

“It is God who is working in [us], enabling [us] both to desire and to work out His good purpose.” (Philippians 2: 13) Therefore, we are to “work out [our] own salvation with fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2: 12)

Why in fear and trembling? Perhaps because we live in a “crooked and perverted generation among whom [we] shine like stars in the world.” (Philippians 2: 15) Perhaps because the evil one prowls among us like a “roaring lion” wishing to consume us. He actively searches for “anyone he can devour.” (1 Peter 5: 8)

Peter tells us that “the God of all grace, who calls [us] to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, personally restores, establishes, strengthens, and supports [us] after [we] suffer a little. The dominion belongs to Him forever.” (1 Peter 5: 10 – 11)

Therefore, let us continue in faith, knowing that it is God who upholds us. He sees us through every obstacle and His plans do not fail.