“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs to it and is safe.” Proverbs 18:10
These words have been a repetitive whisper all week. A constant reminder that the Name above all names is here.
Jesus is the name. Jesus is the strong tower. Jesus is the sanctuary.
Sanctuary: A place of refuge or safety. Shelter. Hiding place. Protection. Security.
In medieval times of battle people ran to the high towers of the castle to seek safety from the advancing enemy. They could see the enemy coming. They could see how much time they had to prepare for the coming battle. They could see how much time they had to sharpen their weaponry and strengthen their armor. They refused to go down without a fight and they refused to go into battle unprepared.
There was a day when one could run into a church building and claim sanctuary. The law and the government couldn’t touch them there because it was thought to be holy ground. A person could hide in the sanctuary.
Jesus is the shelter from the storm. Jesus is the place of refuge. Jesus is the hiding place.
Jesus is my covering, my shield, my hiding place, my sanctuary.
So today I run to Jesus; today I claim sanctuary.
Don’t walk, don’t crawl, run. Run like your life depends on it because it does.