Thursday, May 23, 2013

Our Daily Bread Designs Bible Verse Thursday Challenge #82 - Strong Tower

"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and they are safe."  
~Proverbs 18:10

At first glance, you may read these verses as two individual proverbs, each having its own meaning. Upon a closer look you will see that these two proverbs are like two sides of the same coin:
     two worldviews,
          two ways of life,
               two realities,
                    two choices for life!

A strong tower was a central place in an ancient city to which people could run when threatened by an enemy--a place of refuge. Yahweh's name implies God's character as the eternal, powerful, faithful, covenant-keeping God.

So the name of God (or God Himself) is a place where righteous people can find refuge or safety. People who call on, rely on, and have faith in the name or character of God are made righteous and, thus, are protected (or saved) from all enemies--including death--because they are safe inside the strong tower of God's reality.

In contrast, a rich man relies on his own wealth for protection when threatened. A person's wealth (things that you acquire and/or accomplish in this world) can seem like a high wall around a fortified city. But the protection that trusting in yourself and the wealth and success you accumulate in this world provides only an imagined reality.

It's imagined because wealth and success in this world are not real from the eternal perspective of God's reality. They go away. They don't last forever. In other words, they have no eternal significance.

And with God, if it doesn't have eternal significance, then it has no significance (or an imagined significance to us).

So the decision we make about our life is not really that complicated.

There's just two choices:

Either trust in God or trust in yourself. 

But the choices are mutually exclusive. You can't have it both ways. You do one and not the other.

However, the default is the second--trusting in yourself.

If you are not trusting in God's reality, then you are trusting in yourself. And remember, it's only an imagined reality because it's temporal, it's passing. It's not eternity. It's not eternal life.

Only in God can you find the real reality in which you can entrust your life!

Jesus' well-known admonition from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6:19-21 renders the same two choices in life as do these proverbs: "Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


Your challenge this week is to create a card using this scripture or another verse that reminds us to trust in God's reality - not our own.  When posting your project, please use keyword ODBDBVT82 and then hop over to Our Daily Bread Designs Forum and share it with us!

Supplies for this project
Cardstock:  Truly Yours – Cream Card Base; The Paper Company – Natural
Decorative Paper:  Heidi Swap – Vintage Chic
Stamps:  Our Daily Bread Designs – Keep My Lamp Burning
Inks, Stains, Paints & Colored Pencils:  Versafine – Onyx Black; Prismacolor Pencils
Accessories & Other Stuff:  American Crafts Twine; Prima Shells, Flowersoft – Fine Sand



  1. Excellent message, Cheryl! And what a beautiful the colors and added shells!!!! Blessings, Angie

  2. Stunning card. I have a thing for lighthouses. This is just amazing!

  3. Cheryl,
    This card is a double Lighthouse. The Scripture and the building. Great work.
    Thank you for posting with us at Word Art Wednesday. We really love seeing your super wonderful work and we appreciate you taking time to link it with us.
    Carole Robb Bisson
    Word Art Wednesday

  4. This is gorgeous, Cheryl. You are incredibly talented, and I'm so blessed that you've stopped by and taken the time to share your talents with us by linking up to our challenge this week. Have a blessed week and please join us again REAL soon!
    Blessings to you,
    Word Art Wednesday


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