My Sanctuary

I was led to Isaiah 8:12 today. God warned the prophet not to follow the ways of the people around him:

“Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the LORD of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. And he will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 8:12-14, English Standard Version)

This passage seems to apply to our current political season. So many people are trusting in one political theory or the other as the absolute need of the hour. But the true need is to trust the Lord, to trust him so much that our greatest fear is being without him. We must honor him as holy. Then he will be our sanctuary.

To the others, he will be “a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling.” As he disciplined Israel then, he may soon discipline some today. But as the remnant of Israel was brought home, so those who honor him as holy today will be brought through safely. Perhaps through tough times, but brought through. Believe it.


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