Words from the Heart for Wednesday November 1st, 2017
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
Proverbs 18:10 (NKJV)
The Name of the Lord
Where do we go for a way of escape? Where will we find the help we need? Praise the Lord for a strong tower (refuge) found in the name of the Lord. His name represents everything He is. You can run to that tower at any point of need. He is totally available to us. As His followers, we will be safe from the threat and danger. Remember this wonderful provision as you go about your day today.
Canada is well known for interesting names. While some sound like they may not be politically correct these days, the reason for the name might not be what it appears. For example, the town of Swastika, Ontario was named long before the Nazi’s stole what had been a symbol of good luck for centuries. The name was chosen by gold miners who got rich in that region of Northeastern Ontario and wanted to express what they claimed was good luck.
When the apostle Paul invoked the name of Caesar, his life was spared. As a Roman citizen, he knew that he could appeal to Caesar – there was no more powerful name in the world of human affairs in his day. In the spiritual realm there is a name that is above every name and there is so much more power than any held within human endeavour. King Solomon recognized that in Proverbs 18:10, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” The name of the Lord God is so powerful and precious that the Jewish people will not speak it. In Hebrew it is Yahweh. Those of us who have entered into relationship with Yahweh through faith in Jesus – the name that is above all names – recognize that the name of the Lord has the power to protect, provide, heal, transform and save. It shouldn’t surprise us that Satan uses the most wonderful and powerful name as a curse. But we know better. The name of Jesus tears down strongholds in people’s lives and sets us free from the power of sin and guilt.
These have been words from the heart.