Verse of the Day 5-22-22

The name of the LORD is a fortified tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe.
The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;
they imagine it a wall too high to scale. Proverbs 18:10-11

These two proverbs illustrate a genuine and an imaginary refuge, respectively. A strong or fortified tower was a central place in a region or city to which people could run when threatened. The Lord’s name implies his character as the eternal, powerful, faithful and covenant-keeping God. The righteous people, who call on, rely upon and have faith in the character of God, will be protected (literally “exalted” or lifted up so the the enemy cannot reach them). A rich man relies on his wealth when he is threatened. To him it seems like a high (literally “exalted”) wall around a fortified city, but that is only in his imagination. Because in reality, wealth cannot save, only God can save.

Today’s Bible Readings:

2 Samuel 1:1-2:11, John 12:20-50, Psalm 118:19-29 and Proverbs 15:27-28

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