TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, July 02, 2018:
Structures to enclose, to separate, support or protect; something causing separation..
Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
A wall is a very symbolic structure. Down through the ages walls were built to protect the people and things inside the walls. Walls are often more than just a barrier of stone and mortar. The walls of the city of Jericho symbolized the pride and arrogance of the godless city and that is one reason why God chose to pull them down with nothing but the faith of the Children of Israel and Joshua, their leader. The arrogance of Jericho was no match for the humility of God’s people when it was aligned with the limitless power of God.
The Berlin wall not only symbolized the division between east and west, but also the misery and despair of the people living under communism on the east side of the wall.
The 1500-mile-long wall of China symbolized the vast power of the Chinese Dynasty and was built to defend China from the warring tribes of the north. It was so long and tall that it made a clear statement, “Do not even think of invading our land.”
In ancient cities, massive walls were the first, last and only line of defense. The walls of the city of Babylon, according to Daniel, were not as long as the Great Wall of China but were much higher and more massive.
For the Jewish people Jerusalem represented God’s dwelling place and the center of life in the Old Testament. It was in Jerusalem that Solomon built a temple and God blessed it with His presence. From the time of Abraham, Jewish history centered in and around Jerusalem.
Like the other nations of the world the Jewish nation saw the necessity of surrounding Jerusalem with a wall to protect themselves from invasion from their enemies. The Jewish people were God’s chosen people and God purposed that they be set apart from the pagan people of the world. In conquering Canaan God ordered the Israelites to destroy their enemies. It was not only God’s judgement on these nations for their idolatry but a safety measure for the Israelites to protect His people from the sin, idolatry and immorality of their enemies. The walls of Jerusalem were symbolic for the Jewish people of God’s protection and power and a reminder that they were set apart from the pagan world to be God’s people.
As Christians we are God’s representatives to the pagan world we live in. We must fortify ourselves so that we do not yield to the sinful temptations of this world. We must surround ourselves with strong spiritual walls by knowing and obeying God’s laws. We can only know God’s laws if we are reading and studying His Word daily.
Start today by building your wall for keeping out from your life the evils of this world. Begin by reading the Bible every day. Then take time to talk to God in prayer about what you read. If you are obedient to His laws and heed His instructions found in the Bible you will come to see God surrounding you with His walls to protect you from the evils of this world.
God’s protection of those who love Him is limitless. In Psalm 18:2 David describes God’s protection as being like:
1. A rock that cannot be moved by any who would harm us.
2. A fortress or place of safety where the enemy cannot enter.
3. A shield that stands between us and harm.
4. The horn of salvation, a symbol of might and power.
5. A stronghold, a place of protection from danger.
Our memory verse this week is found in Joshua 1:9.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Thank You, Lord, for being my strength, my rock, my fortress and my deliverer. Thank You that You are an ever-present stronghold in whom I can take refuge. Thank You that when I need protection I can call on You because You have promised to never leave me or forsake me.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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