Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.
Where can you find a community of people all joined together in a strong fortress praising the Lord? Your church.
No wonder I love to go to church on Sunday. No matter if I am home or on vacation, my family goes to church. I love being under a single roof with hundreds of people praising the Lord. I don’t care if they live their lives hypocritically. I don’t care if they have made bad choices. I don’t care because we are all together doing the same thing: professing that God is the almighty.
Through song and prayer for one hour I get to see the smiling faces of so many people. The happiness exudes from people all around me as they allow God to enter their souls. They confess their wrongs and they move forward with a fresh start for the week.
Why would I miss that moment ever? Why would I purposefully choose not to go and see all of this transpire? Why would I miss the chance to recharge my soul?
The Proverbs verse in chapter 18 puts it beautifully. Godly people run to church. We know it is a safe haven. We know it is an escape from this materialistic, power-hungry world. We know we can run and hide from all of those bad choices, and allow God to rejuvenate our soul.
It reminds me of the great game of laser tag. Have you ever played? Well if you haven’t picture this: a dark room lit only by black lights where people hide from each other to escape being shot at. There is an area known as the “recharging station” that allows you to recharge your firing weapon and stay safe from enemies. Your mission is to attack your enemy’s base area. You split your team up so that someone is always guarding your base while others venture out to attack the opposing team’s base. Okay, it sounds kind of weird typing this all out, and in a way I am thinking, “Why do I love this game so much?” Ultimately though it has a parallel to my story today.
You see our recharging station is church. Each Sunday we can recharge our souls and prepare to take on the days that we are away from it. We need ammunition to tackle our week ahead. Some of us will leave church and confront obstacles in order to fight for God’s message to be heard. Others will just hang tight around our bases and ensure that no one attacks them. We stay awake and alert to invasions.
Our fortress here on earth is church. The overall mission of all churches is to help us become closer to God. The church wants to enable us to stay awake and alert, so that we will be able to fight off evil when it occurs in our life. The church stands up against what society will inevitably succumb to: materialism, power and control. The church’s stance should never change but society’s stance will. The church is a fortress and godly people will run and be safe.