“But you are a tower of refuge to the poor, O Lord, a tower of refuge to the needy in distress. You are a refuge from the storm and a shelter from the heat. For the oppressive acts of ruthless people are like a storm beating against a wall,”

Isaiah 25:4 NLT

Sixteen years ago the twin towers were destroyed and hundreds of lives taken by terrorists.  When those towers fell it felt like our security had been destroyed.  But we survived because we realized that the Lord is our tower and our refuge.

With the recent commemoration of 9/11 this year, we know that we still need God to be our tower and refuge in the time of storm.

  1. He is a tower of refuge to the poor. There are so many people that could not evacuate before the storms hit because they were too poor to leave. But even before the storm the poor were already vulnerable. God has been and will continue to be their refuge. It’s up to us to continue to help the poor find refuge rather than strip away their security like we did with DACA and like they are trying to do with repealing healthcare. 
  2. God is a refuge from the storm and heat. Thousands of poor people lined up around shelters looking for a place to stay. God’s churches should be a place where the poor find refuge. I’m glad Pastor Joel Osteen opened his church but I hope that all churches are open to the poor seven days a week. 
  3. God is a shelter against the ruthlessness of oppressive people that abuse the poor. The hurricanes are symbolic of the oppression of the 1% rich against the abandoned poor in America. We’ve been in a storm crisis way before Irma and Josie. The rich have unleashed a massive storm of repeal against the poor immigrants, poor blacks through police brutality, unfair drug sentencing, repealing healthcare, stripping DACA, unjust voting laws, redlining, predatory lending. We’ve been in the storm too long! 

Dear God,

Thank you for being a strong tower. The enemy couldn’t stop us and oppressive racial structures will not stand against the winds of your judgment. God restore everything that the poor have lost and protect us from the winds and the waves.

In Jesus’ Name,