I recently visited Dubrovnik, Croatia, a stunningly beautiful city on the Adriatic Sea. My former exchange student Silvana Milic took me, my mother, and my mother-in-law to visit Dubrovnik last week. Begun as a settlement in the 7th century, Dubrovnik grew into a fortified city by the 9th century.
One of the most imposing features of the Dubrovnik is its walls. Considered one of the greatest fortification systems of the Middle Ages, the walls of Dubrovnik have never been breached by a hostile army. The double walls are 6,360 feet long and 82 feet high. Strengthened and enhanced over time, the current walls of Dubrovnik were constructed primarily during the 12th-17th centuries.
My mother and I had the amazing opportunity to walk along the top of the walls during our visit to Dubrovnik. Our experience convinced us even more of the beauty and strength of that ancient city.
The Lord talks a lot about walls in His Word. He is a wall to us, strengthening, protecting, and defending us. In addition, He makes us like a wall, strong in Him. Here are some of the things He says, along with some photos from our walk along the walls:
“See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me” (Isa. 49:16, NIV).
“Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; You will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings” (Isa. 58:12, NIV).
“No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise” (Isa. 60:18, NIV).
“I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest” (Isa. 62:6, NIV).
“‘I will make you a wall to this people, a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you to rescue and save you,’ declares the Lord” (Jer. 15:20, NIV)
Question: How has the Lord been a wall to you? Comment at the link below.