Today's Devotional Thought
March 24, 2011 by Wendy Foreman
What or Who is Your Stronghold?
What or who is your stronghold? In today’s scripture it is believed that David went to a mountain stronghold in the wilderness of Judah. This is the same mountain stronghold where David went to defend himself against Saul in 1 Samuel. What is a stronghold in this case?
One of the definitions for stronghold is a special place of refuge. That is what David felt about this place in the wilderness; it was a refuge for him, a place where he had felt safe before and he was returning there. Do you have a place like that? I once had someone tell me that when she was going through a dark period in her life, she would find herself driving to the church and just sitting there because it was the one place where she felt safe.
When we go through dark times or when we are feeling under attack either by people or Satan, many of us have places that we go to. But ultimately, the best stronghold that we can have is Jesus Christ. There are many, many scriptures that talk about God being our refuge and our strong tower. Those words sound wonderful when you read them. And for those of you who have experienced them first hand, you know it is comforting and overwhelming. In fact, God being our refuge and strong tower t is beyond wonderful!
Many of us, I believe, struggle on earth because we want someone tangible. Someone who can hug us and cry with us. Someone who will listen and tell us exactly what to do in our time of pain. Ladies, if we are lucky, we have a best girlfriend who we can share with and pray with and seek Godly counsel from. But ultimately, our stronghold must be Jesus. He is in the only one who can give us wisdom to make those decisions in the midst of our circumstances; he is the only one who can comfort our soul in the midst of our greatest pain. He knows everything that we are going through and ladies, that includes our pain and our struggles.
God knew that David needed a place to hide, a place of safety on this earth and he had provided that for him before. And I believe reminded David of where to go when the Philistines were in route to capture him. Do you remember a place of stronghold that God had provided for you in those times of fear? Mine is the front room of my house. Last year, when I was going through a dark period and needed to find a place to cry out to the Lord and read His word I would go in that room, shut the door, put praise music on, and just lay before Him. I felt safe there. It seemed like when I walked into that room in the mornings He was right there waiting for me, ready to encourage my heart. For me, my front room and my red overstuffed chair is where I go when I need to meet with Jesus in a real way. I pray that you have a place like that. If you don’t, then I pray that today you will find a place like that in your home that becomes your stronghold, your place of safety where you can go to be with the Lord, who is your ultimate stronghold.