The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to Him and are safe. (Proverbs 18:10)
Fort Eben-Emael in Liege, Belgium was once believed to be the strongest military fortress in the world. Built between 1932 and 1935, for infantry and artillery units, and designed so each mutually covered the other should the fort come under attack. Connected by miles of tunnels, it was effectively self-sufficient, contained barracks, sick bays, and a communication center.
However, on May 10th 1940, the unimaginable happened. The fort fell under a German siege called, blitzkrieg or “Lightening war” an effective strategy of speed, accuracy, and surprise. Eben-Emael had one major weakness, vulnerability to an air attack. The German’s surprised the Belgium army using 11 armed gliders carrying troops and supported by a diversion outside the fort. The fort was quickly taken with minimal loss to the Germans, and delivered a devastating blow to Belgium confidence and other European nations as well.
Our spiritual foe is very cunning when using speed, surprise, and distraction against the pale defenses of humanity. We are no match for him without God. Unfortunately many live as though they are strong and wise enough to do so, only to fail in the end. The greatest of human fortresses still have weakness and vulnerability. There is one safe fortress void of vulnerability, Jehovah-Sabaoth (The Lord our protector).
Lord, without you, the exposure and vulnerabilities to the enemy of my soul are numerous and my efforts to defend futile. You, though, are my refuge and fortress, an impenetrable stronghold in which I put my confidence and hope. Whatever strategy may be formed against me today, you are able to keep me safe as I trust in you. Amen.
“…rescue us from the evil one.”