Skillful Living 101—18 Our Strong Tower

A life that is lived skillfully would most definitely be a life lived in God’s presence.

Proverbs 18:10, describes God as a strong tower where the righteous run in and are safe. I love how compassionate and loving God is, that He provides a place where we can find refuge and peace. This refuge is not just any old place—no, our place of security is in the very presence of God.

One way to understanding God’s presence is to see it as a shelter, a fortress and a hiding place. A dwelling—where our life is hidden in God, not that we necessarily hide from life, but an actual place where we live life.

Colossians 2:3 says

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Proverbs—the book of skillful living, is all about setting our mind on things above and not on the things of the earth. Living a life hidden with Christ in God, helps us to rise above earthy circumstances—rise above trivial—setting our heart and soul on the most important—the things of God.

A good way to remain diligent in living skillfully—thus setting our mind on things above is to make living in God’s presence our daily objective. In doing so we must grab a hold of His Word—making it our source of nourishment.

In Proverbs 18, we find a myriad of good advice and nourishment. Granted the whole chapter is beneficial but we will look at six main points, found in verses 10, 15, 19, 21, 22 and 24.

Verse 10—“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”

  • The righteous make God their refuge
  • God is our help

Verse 15—“The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”

  • A sensible person esteems knowledge
  • To set our mind on things above, we must pursue biblical knowledge
  • The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge

Verse 19—“A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a castle.”

  • An offended person, whether they be right or wrong, is harder to talk to, and work things out with, than a fortified city
  • It’s better to pray and wait—rather than argue with an offended person
  • Remember offence is a choice—we must keep our heart free of offence

Verse 21—“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

  • Our words will bring life our death to those on whom they fall
  • If we love gossip and slander, we will reap its rewards
  • We need to make habit of speaking life into people and situations
  • Controlling our tongue is a heart issue

Verse 22—“He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord.”

  • A spouse is a blessing from the Lord
  •  We have to be good stewards of God’s blessings

Verse 23—“A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

  • First be a friend
  • Faithfulness is priceless

Skillful Living Tools

  • Make it your daily objective to live in God’s presence
  • Learn to know God’s presence as a shelter, refuge, a fortress and a hiding place
  • Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth
  • Grab a hold of God’s Word—making it your source of nourishment.
  • To set our mind on things above, we must pursue biblical knowledge
  • It’s better to pray and wait— rather than argue with an offended person
  • Death and life are in the power of the tongue
  • Make habit of speaking life into people and situations
  • Treat your spouse good—they are a blessing from God
  • A faithful friend is priceless

Please be encouraged to seek God as your strong tower and place of refuge—here your heart can settle and be at peace.

Read and apply all of Proverbs 18 and please share with those who need to live skillfully!

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