In the midst of Ezekiel’s writings concerning God’s judgement of the Israelites, I found a touching promise: “Thus saith the Lord God; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come.” [Ezekiel 11:16]
A holy God had to punish a people who refused to follow His law; yet He did not forsake them. Though they were far from their homeland and perhaps separated from their families, God would still be to them a refuge, a place of shelter and protection.
So it is with us who are His children. Despite the problems that may surround us, the trials that threaten to bring us down, God is always there, a haven of rest, a safe place where His sacred presence can comfort our spirits and encourage our hearts.
Just as God provides a sanctuary for me, so I want our home to be a sanctuary for my family. I desire that its serenity and cheer fill their hearts as they come and go from these walls, strengthening them as they face each day’s challenges. By demonstrating gentleness, using words of encouragement, playing uplifting music, keeping our space orderly, and showing love in a variety of ways, I can make our home a place of refreshment.
During the coming days, may I seek a sanctuary with the Heavenly Father while providing an earthly “sanctuary” for those I love.
Beautiful, Tracey! Yes, I'm so thankful for the safe haven the Lord provides for us, and I think it is indeed so important to have our homes model that haven for our families. If we don't, how could we ever influence our families more than all the snares awaiting them in the world? I pray daily to be the wife and mother God has called me to be and to build up our home and those in it as God would have me to. So often I feel I fail at this, but God is faithful to help me step by step along the way!
You said so simply and beautifully what is in my heart. My we always be a sanctuary for those around us!
"Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary. Pure and holy, tried and true."
Oh how I desire this for my home! This post encouraged my heart.
So glad to hear it! Hope you have a nice evening.