8/24 Proverbs 18:10

10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.

The theologian Stephen Charnock defines "the name of the LORD" as the sum of God's attributes. The name represents all that He is. Solomon was not telling us that the name of the LORD was a magic term that protects us. He is encouraging us to find refuge and peace in the very nature of God. When trouble comes into our lives we can turn our thoughts to the character of God. Remind yourself of how He helped the people of Scripture to endure. Remember that He is omniscient. That means He is right there with you and is fully aware of all that is happening to you. Nothing escapes Him.

Then recall that God is omnipotent. He has the power needed to either turn the situation around or to help you through it. It may seem impossible to you, and it may appear that the enemy of your soul is prevailing. That doesn't change the fact that all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purposes (Romans 8:28). He is more than able to bring victory out of what appears to be defeat (Romans 8:37).

When your soul is overwhelmed, run to the character and faithfulness of God. As your remind yourself of who He is and what He can do, you will find peace in the storm. The truth will become impenetrable walls of a fortress guarding your heart and mind. Your faith will soar and your soul will be encouraged. That is what Solomon means by today's succinct proverb.

Challenge: In the back of your Bible put a blank sheet of paper. As you read of a description of God or see His nature in a narrative, write it down with the reference. You have seen a number of God's attributes in this devotion and previous ones. Remember steadfast love and faithfulness? That sheet will be handy for you to turn to when difficulties come your way.