Let’s turn to the next two Hidden Words in which Bahá’u’lláh tells us where to find His stronghold and the importance of abiding therein.
“O SON OF BEING! My love is My stronghold; he that entereth therein is safe and secure, and he that turneth away shall surely stray and perish.” [Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, No. A9.]
“O SON OF UTTERANCE! Thou art My stronghold; enter therein that thou mayest abide in safety. My love is in thee, know it, that thou mayest find Me near unto thee.” [Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, No. A10.]
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that these two Hidden Words contradict each other simply because one says “My love is My stronghold” and the other says “Thou art My stronghold“. Quite the contrary; notice how # A10 goes on to say “My love is in thee,” which puts it in perfect agreement with # A9. Notice, too, how Bahá’u’lláh connects our “safety” with His “stronghold“. In this uncertain world, aren’t we all looking for some place where we CAN be “safe and secure,” and here Bahá’u’lláh tells us all we need to know about that place of safety.