Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Although I have cast them far off among the Gentiles, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet I shall be a little sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.”’ Ezekiel 11:16
I stumbled across this verse as I was reading this morning and was really struck by the phrase “yet I shall be a little sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.” The Hebrew word for sanctuary also means “sacred place” or “holy place.” God was judging Israel for its sin and had scattered His people among foreigners, yet God still was a sanctuary for them right in the midst of where they were.
Jesus is still doing that very same thing for us today. No matter where we are, through our faith in Jesus, God has planted in us His Holy Spirit who resides in each one of us. Are you a missionary living in a foreign land? God will be your holy place. Are you traveling for work this week? God will be your sanctuary of refreshment. Are you trying to survive in a hostile work environment? God is your familiar refuge. Are you living out your calling in your busy home with little children on your hip or teens coming and going? God is your oasis of peace. Perhaps you’re in your golden years. God is your inspiration for serving others.
No matter where your corner of the world is, remember that God is your sanctuary, your holy place, your home. Nestle your heart in Him and draw from His well of love and security as you serve others today in the power of the Holy Spirit.
I understand this statement now, where at first I had some confusion in my mind. With that came a sense of peace. Thank you!
Jane VanOsdol says
I am so glad that Jesus has given you clarity and peace. Thank you for sharing that! Praying that the certainty of Him being your sanctuary will stick with you throughout your day.
Veronica villarreal says
I’ve always question what my calling is at this particular point of my life.. This just gave me my moment of clarification when you said living out your calling in your busy home with children and teenagers,, yes that’s exactly where I’m at and exactly what I’m called to do at this time
Jane VanOsdol says
I’m so glad that you received your affirmation from God! I remember when I was in your season of life. I often struggled with what I was doing. It also took me some time to realize that my home was my ministry, and I learned to pray about making it a haven for all who visited. Many kids were in and out our door — many of them who came from families who were fractured. Don’t ever underestimate the importance of offering love and hospitality, as well as firm rules. They will remember all these things. May God bless you and as you get to know the kids, give you an opening to speak into their lives.