“Therefore say, 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, emphasis mine)
While the Lord doesn’t take sides between His children, He does give you His full and undivided attention in any matter you choose to bring to Him. Even if He won’t tell you what’s going on in the heart and mind of a brother or sister with whom you’re struggling to see eye to eye, He will give you His peace. “In [God’s] presence is fulness of joy…” (Psalm 16:11), you know.
This is why it’s so important to take time, whether in spirit or in person, to meet with Jesus and commune with Him. He is that “friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24b). I know that there’s a powerful blessing to be shared when you take communion. “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup…” (1 Corinthians 11:26) The utmost gravity settles upon me and I want to see every constituent part of “The Lord’s table” as leading directly back to Him. He took the time to lay down His life. I desire to do the same.
And this is where the “little sanctuary” comes into play. I came across that passage earlier just opening the Bible. Not sure if I’d read it before but it certainly spoke to me. I identify it with the bright glimmer that stands out in my mind when I actually slow down throughout my day to acknowledge Jesus. And without doing this, without His peace, life is most definitely not a sanctuary. Whereas God specifically says that he “cast them far off among the heathen”, without Jesus, we are the heathen. And an unrenewed mind will only settle upon “things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2) In other words, the world is a cold place. Seeking the presence and therefore sanctuary of the Lord is so important. It is vital to our Christian walk.
“That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son:” (Colossians 1:10-13)
Jesus’ presence and His character is so warm and inviting and gentle. When once you taste it, you know you always have a place to go in light of any difficult situation or circumstance that arises in your life.