What it means to make God your fortress
From Psalms: A 28-Day Devotional
We all share the need to feel safe. When we don't feel safe, we stop growing. Instead, we put all of our energy into managing fear and protecting ourselves.
Ancient cities protected their citizens by building large surrounding walls, which created a fortress that kept chaos out. The walls’ constant presence in people's lives created a safe atmosphere where communities could thrive.
Just as a fortress brought peace to a city, God is our fortress and brings peace to our souls in the midst of the chaos happening around us (Psalm 46:7, Psalm 46:11).
In an ever-changing world filled with all manner of danger, David reminds us that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). God brings us peace and strengthens us, giving us the freedom to fulfill our God-given destiny rather than being preoccupied with our personal safety just like the ancient cities' fortresses gave them the freedom to thrive.
Building a secure ancient fortress was not an overnight process. It happened day by day, brick by brick. Knowing God is also a process. It happens day by day as we read the Bible, worship Him and stay in community with other believers.
Jesus said we would have trouble in our lives, but to be encouraged and at peace, because He conquered every problem we will ever face (John 16:33). If we follow Him, Jesus will lead us into the fortress that is an intimate relationship with God.
- What situation makes you feel unsafe? Have you talked to Jesus about it? Take a moment now and ask Him to help you build your "fortress of peace" in the midst of threatening circumstances.
- How much time do you spend getting to know God? What is one step you can take today to take refuge in Him as your fortress?