Proverbs 18:9-12 Safety

One who is slack in his work
    is brother to one who destroys.

10 The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;
    the righteous run to it and are safe.

11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;
    they imagine it a wall too high to scale.

12 Before a downfall the heart is haughty,
    but humility comes before honor.


People want to be safe, but there is only one place that is eternally possible.  In our myopic scope of daily chores, it is easy to see that safety and security may feel like they come and go.  Christians are killed regularly in Sudan and Christians in America feel increasingly unwelcome in the public forum.  However, whether we are talking emotionally or physically, the spiritual reality is that we are safe in God’s hands when we put our faith in him.  He may choose to let us come home to heaven, but he will give us the strength to make that transition.  We are never isolated and alone.  We are alwayss fully accepted as we are.  He is in control.


  1. What can destroy?
  2. What comes before a downfall?
  3. What is a fortress for God’s people?
  4. In what ways do people seek security that will ultimately lead to ruin?
  5. How can desire to control ourselves and others actually lead to ruin?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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