HE IS YOUR REFUGE AND FORTRESS
Thursday, 5 February 2015
“I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” Psalm 91:2 (KJV)
In the Book of Judges, the Bible tells us that after Gideon died, one of his sons, Abimelech, felt that it was his turn to rule. He went to his maternal hometown and plotted with his mother’s people. In the end, he murdered seventy sons of Gideon, who were his half-brothers, in order to rule over Israel. But God knows how to preserve His own, and He preserved one of Gideon’s sons.
Eventually, Abimelech ruled over Israel. He brought his mother’s relatives and put them in positions of authority. By so doing he crushed all opposition from his perceived enemies. But God will always judge the wicked. There is always a day of recompense for the wicked. Judges 9 tells us that when Abimelech came against the city called Thebez, God’s people ran to the tower in the middle of the city and climbed to the top. Abimelech was still attacking while they made their way inside and he was ready to burn down the gate in order to slay God’s people. The scripture says that a woman decided to cast a stone from the top of that tower. The stone came down and hit Abimelech’s skull. He knew that he was going to die from his injury and told his armour bearer to kill him so that it would not be said that a woman killed him; therefore, his amour bearer killed him.
There is a principle I want to highlight: whether you like it or not, you will always be confronted with difficulties. There will always be an Abimelech to contend with. The way you position yourself will determine whether you come out well from the experience. Abimelech acted against the people of God, but they positioned themselves in the strong tower and were victorious.
As long as we are in this world and the devil is running wild, we will always have challenges; however, victory lies in dwelling in the strong tower. There is a secret place within which to dwell. Nowhere else is as safe and secure as God. Every other refuge will eventually fail, but God never does. Today, as you maintain your position in the strong tower, I declare you victorious over every life challenge in Jesus’s name.
Further reading: Judges 9:50-57 Daily Bible reading: Morning-Exodus 36-38, Evening-Matthew 23:1-22