The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. – Proverbs 18:10
In our modern culture, when we hear “tower” we often tend to think of skinny metal structures used to hold up antenna’s. TV or other communication towers are just there, they don’t add anything to the landscape and rarely can be used as a landmark. To the untrained eye, all towers look the same.
One of my most favorite places is the North Carolina coast, otherwise known as the Outer Banks. It’s just beautiful and one of the reasons why I enjoy it so much are the century old lighthouses. From the Cape Henry Lighthouse near Virginia Beach, Virginia, down to the Ocracoke Lighthouse in southern North Carolina, the lighthouses that dot the coast are a sight to behold.
Lighthouses have a few purposes beyond just their beauty. First, a lighthouse is a navigational tool. Each lighthouse has a unique and distinctive markings (paint scheme) and on/off lighting pattern. These unique painting & lighting patterns let mariners know exactly where there where. Years ago, before the North Carolina coast was developed, it would have looked quite desolate and unremarkable. Without any identifying structures, looking from a ship, mariners would find it nearly impossible to know what part of the coastline they were seeing. But with the distinctive light patterns of each lighthouse and its unique markings, whether day or night, seeing the lighthouse one would know where they were.
A second function of a lighthouse is to be a warning. Especially at night with cloudy skies, seeing a light in the distance is a warning for rocky shoals and/or a dangerous coastline.
There also could be the added security that if one is coming close to their home port, a lighthouse signals the fact that the mariner is almost home.
Isn’t that how God really is to us? He helps us know our way, points out warnings and give us a welcome home message. But like mariners of old, we need to know those signs, heed those warnings and look for the message that brings us home.
Lighthouses are a modern equivalent to the tower as mentioned here in Proverbs 18. In Him there is safety and refuge. In Him we find warnings for safe passage through life and in Him we really know where we are – and where we are ultimately going.
The LORD is a strong tower – lighthouse – and we need to look to and run to, Him.