What comes to mind when you hear or read the word, “sanctuary”? Big building? A safe place? Something else?
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.
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.
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.