By definition, it is a place of refuge or safety.
Today, lots of Christians will gather in “sanctuaries” for worship. In recent months, “sanctuary cities” have been in the news. A “sanctuary city” is a city that limits it’s cooperation with the federal government in enforcement of immigration laws.
All of us need sanctuary at times. Maybe the weight of the world is pressing you down and you need a place to rest.. a place to feel safe from the world. You need a sanctuary. Maybe you are struggling with some type of temptation and you need a place of safety.. a sanctuary from temptation.
The Lord told Israel, “… although I have scattered you in the countries of the world… I will be a sanctuary to you during your time in exile” (Ezekiel 11:16). Think about that verse… “although I have scattered you…” God is punishing Israel and they will be scattered… they will go into exile. However, the Lord says, “ALTHOUGH, you have been SCATTERED, I will be a SANCTUARY to you…” Israel will be foreigners in a foreign land yet, God is promising them He will protect them and He will be a sanctuary for them.
Today, perhaps you need a place of sanctuary. A place of rest.. a place of sanctuary. A place to find grace.
I pray that today, every church in America will be a place of sanctuary for anyone needing to find the grace of God.
Maybe you need grace. Maybe you need hope. Maybe you need rest. Just as God told Israel, “I have scattered you…. but I will be a sanctuary for you..” He says the same to us.
Jesus said, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is [b]easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Jesus wants to be our place of sanctuary.