Posted on July 14, 2020 by Catey Stover in Victory Call
For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat… (Isaiah 25:4 ESV)
If you were to come to my office; you would quickly learn that I love lighthouses. Why? Let me tell you.
Lighthouses are symbols of STRENGTH as they can withstand the harsh elements of nature. With Christ, you can stand firm amid any storm or circumstance. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged; for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9 NIV).
Lighthouses represent HOPE; hope that one will reach safety. With God, there is always hope. Psalm 33:20 (NIV), We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. God will give you hope in times of trouble, there is no easy way when struggles hit, but as the lighthouse stands watching and helping ships on the journey. God is ever watching you and helping you.
Lighthouses ENDURE the test of time. The first lighthouse, in Alexandria, Egypt, stood for 15 centuries. God’s help never runs out. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations (Psalm 100:5 NIV). He will never leave you nor forsake you, His love never ends.
The lighthouse gives GUIDANCE. Sailors look to the lighthouse to know direction, distance and find their way. God will be your light during times when you are walking in darkness or feel lost along an unknown or unfamiliar path. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; (and) in all your ways submit to him, he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV).
A lighthouse is built to provide PROTECTION by letting ships know where dangerous rocks, currents, or shallow water may be. Psalm 28:7 tells us that the LORD PROTECTS; and when you trust in Him with all your heart, you will be rescued from any harm that seeks to destroy, and your heart will be filled with joy.
The next time you look at a lighthouse, be reminded that you have an ever-present God always ready and on duty to meet your needs. When your strength is gone, and you are ready to quit, His light will guide you to the healing waters of His Word for refreshment and renewal. Let His light guide you into His love, faithfulness and comfort.
Written by Lynne Jahns. Lynne is currently the Director of Barbara’s Place, the addiction recovery for women at America’s Keswick.
Think About This: “God’s mercies are new every morning. Receive them.” – Max Lucado
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: I, therefore, the prisoner [a]of the Lord, [b]beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. – Ephesians 4:1-3
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.