LOOK AGAIN: Our Sanctuary with Him VOL. 20 March 8, 2016
SANCTUARY: a place where someone or something is protected or given shelter: a consecrated place: a place of refuge and protection: immunity from the law attached to a sanctuary. All these are dictionary definitions of the concept of sanctuary.
DO YOU KNOW SANCTUARY? In this realm of information overload, pushed to and fro with new information coming from all directions, where can we find the place where our soul will rest. When I write these blogs I write from the perception of the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10. In this scripture Jesus is talking with a lawyer who has asked the question WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR (Luke10: 29). Jesus answers with the story of a Samaritan (cultural outsider to the lawyer) who is moved by compassion to help a man in deep distress, a man the Samaritan knows nothing about except that he is in deep distress. The Samaritan provides sanctuary, lifting the distress from the life of the stranger.
When the Hebrew people were set free from slavery, as told in the Exodus story, they wandered through the wilderness seeking shelter from a life of misery and suffering. Moses received instruction from God to build a “tent of meeting” where the people could find sanctuary, a place where God would meet them in their weakness with His strength through Moses.
The story Jesus tells in the gospel of Luke is the Exodus story in a personal situation: One broken man being met by one less broken man who has strength (compassion) to share. Is this another kind of “tent of meeting”, a sanctuary along the way? Jesus said, “where two or more are gathered together in my Name I am there in the midst of them” (Matt. 18:20). Broken met by compassion (strength) equals SANCTUARY.
How does this apply for us on a daily basis? Whenever fear threatens to overwhelm our faith our Lord provides sanctuary as we move through whatever we fear: a fellowman who shares the knowledge we have yet to acquire; remembrance of times past when fear was met by an act of faith (yours or another’s); a scripture remembered from the past; a song of assurance that lifts our soul in remembrance of God’s faith filled Presence; a recognition of God’s Presence in the world around us; the Holy Spirit whispering instruction in our ear.
It pleases our loving Father to provide Sanctuary wherever we are and in whatever we encounter day by day. Think SANCTUARY this day and every day, for the Lord is good and His mercy endures forever (Psalm 136). The Kingdom of God is on the move.
Be established in His Sanctuary today and every day.