Pastor Tim Romero
Ezekiel 11:16 (ESV): "16 Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord God: Though I removed them far off among the nations, and though I scattered them among the countries, yet I have been a sanctuary to them for a while in the countries where they have gone.'"
The Lord is our sanctuary, our place of peace and rest. We don't go to a building to enter the sanctuary of the Lord, we go to God Himself. That means that we have a sanctuary wherever we go for He is with us always and will be our source of peace no matter where we find ourselves.
Ezekiel has been proclaiming judgment and death for 10 chapters due to the waywardness of the people of Israel. He was so overwhelmed with the thought of Israel being wiped out that he wept before the Lord so God gave him this word of hope that He was with them even in captivity. They didn't need to be in Jerusalem where the Temple was located to find sanctuary for the Lord Himself is their sanctuary. Interestingly, the Jews would later be exiled from their home for nearly 2000 years (AD70-1948) and yet they maintained their identity, nationality, and belief system because God was and continues to be their sanctuary.
The same holds for you and me. We don't need to go to a church building to be in the sanctuary of God. He alone is our sanctuary so we can enter into the Holy of Holies anywhere we are, at our workplace or in a parking lot. God is available 24/7 for you. He isn't limited by a geographical location for He is everywhere always. What a wonderful thought that we can enter the sanctuary of the Lord anywhere we are and find our God ready to meet us where we are. What a glorious truth that we have in Him, amen?
Father, thank You for reminding us that You are omnipresent, You are everywhere at once. You are with us in the church building as well as in our workplace. You never leave us and thus we can find sanctuary in You always. You are our hiding place may we run to You often and allow Your peace and rest to calm our souls. Thank You for inviting us to come to You always, in Jesus' name we pray, amen!