Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing Jehovah-Jireh…
Got a sanctuary?.
This morning as I sat in my chair in our living room my mind drifted about 3 or 4 miles from here to my favorite morning “River Sanctuary” where because of changes in my life I have been unable to spend my early mornings. Immediately the thought occurred to me, “I wonder if God misses me here?” And I countered, “But, God is everywhere so how can he miss you at all?”
Thinking about the possibility God misses me deep inside the thought occurred to me the answer is YES somehow, we had established a special relationship sitting looking out over the river and lake watching the sun come up. That doesn’t mean the only place on earth I had a relationship with God there it simply means sitting by the river bank became a Sanctuary for me – a place where in spite of the world around me I felt safe and secure with God.
I believe that is one of the reasons Jesus would often go to the mountains to be alone with the Father. Jesus’ life was busy. If he wasn’t teaching and preaching about the Kingdom he was healing people. If he wasn’t healing people he was doing other miracles. If he wasn’t doing other miracles he was avoiding the religious authorities. If he wasn’t avoiding the religious authorities he was preparing the disciples for the time when he would return to the Father.
Can’t you see why Jesus needed a Sanctuary where he could be alone with God? Did the Father miss him when he was in the world? Again, just guessing I say YES. As I see it there were times when God wanted Jesus all by himself because God knew life wouldn’t be easy, God knew Jesus would need to be strengthened. While our days aren’t filled with the same activities as Jesus’ never-the-less our lives are spiritually demanding and spiritually depleting and God longs to be alone with us.
Have you, like me unable to return to your Sanctuary? If so then because God is everywhere seek another place. Don’t have a Sanctuary yet? If so then seek one God is waiting for you? The words of Psalmist remind us of the blessings of a God Sanctuary, “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.” (Psalm 91:1–6, NLT)
In the words of Tarzan and Gary, “It’s a jungle out there” and God misses you in His Sanctuary. Go to him and be strengthened for what will come.
“May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us.” **
Grace and PEACE,
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**Psalm 67:1, New Living Translation