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Monday, January 18, 2016

Sanctuary

Meaning
What comes to mind when you hear or read the word, “sanctuary”?  Big building?  A safe place? Something else?
Sanctuary
The Sanctuary
I ran across the word in Ezekiel 11:16 a day or so ago.  The context caused me to stop and consider what was actually being said.  The Lord is describing exiling His people.  Moving them to a hostile land.  Yet in that place He was their sanctuary, their place of worship, their safe place.

Experience
In some of my travels I have been in places that are less than appreciative of Christianity.  I normally do not tell the entry officers why I am coming to their country.  If I did, most likely they would invite me to leave on the plane that brung me.

Nerves
In those situations I tend to be somewhat nervous.  Yesterday, I mentioned Proverbs 3:5 – 6.  Seeing the Lord as a sanctuary in difficult or life threatening situations is trust.  Sanctuary may not mean physical safety.  Sanctuary may be a subset of the reality that we have been chosen by Him to be with Him forever.

Challenged to Trust
I am challenged by this passage to trust.  To trust Him to be the sanctuary that He says He is.  Sanctuary by His definition, not mine.

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