God’s Sanctuary Found With Humility
The name of the LORD is a strong tower (impenetrable sanctuary); the righteous runs into it and is safe (set on high). A rich man’s wealth is his strong city (secure fortress) like a high wall in his own imagination. Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, but humility goes before honor. Prov 18:10-12 (NASB)
Whether at school, at work, the community, or in a church, there are people we meet almost daily that are in the wall construction business. Many of us might even offer such an enterprise on our résumé.
Our insecurities demand that we protect ourselves through the construction of impenetrable walls intending to keep others out. But, why would we want to build such barriers? According to God’s wisdom, we construct barriers out of our feelings of insecurity, but there are secure places of refuge discovered through humility.
An insecure person constructs walls in a futile effort to isolate themselves from others because they fear and therefore reject some aspect of their lives. Such a human-made sanctuary seeks to keep all those we label as unacceptable at a safe distance while preventing the same excluded people from recognizing the genuine fears and anxieties of the people cowering behind the walls they constructed to alleviate those same fright-filled concerns. However, in reality, human-made walls offer only an illusion of security; actually, walls comprised of steel, concrete, stones, and stout timbers only keep the people on the inside from seeing clearly, and they are the ones who miss out from the benefit of genuine relationships in this world.
The truth is those cowering in isolation have cut themselves off from God’s desire for us to experience trusting friendships and the love for one another as God intended. They have justified their isolation efforts by their prideful motives of self-preservation. They exist to preserve one relationship – their relationship with their “self”. What a sad and lonely existence our foolish pride can stir up in us when we allow our fears to overwhelm us.
The truly humble discover God’s strong tower where they can find refuge, where the walls are God’s design. This secure place is the only impenetrable refuge or sanctuary from the challenges in our life. However, we should always remain mindful that God never intends for us to remain isolated standing high upon his tower or behind the walls of his sanctuary. God offers refuge and sanctuary to all his children, not just the ones we feel safe accepting into our lives. A humble heart will enter to find rest and restoration before confidently stepping back out into the world God intended all of us to connect with all of his creation.
God’s true refuge or sanctuary has the unlimited capacity of accommodating all who seek his grace, peace, and mercy. His high tower likewise clarifies our proper place and purpose in life and restores our focus on God’s priorities, diminishing our selfish priorities. Constructing lasting relationships are encouraged within the confines of God’s safe place so that we can live confidently beyond the walls of his sanctuary in the real world. Inside God’s sanctuary, our fears are quelled by his love, reminding us that where love exists, fear cannot. The only price for entry into this “high tower” refuge is our “self’! We must come in humility to recognize the security that God offers us.
How about you? Are you someone who builds walls to hide behind out of insecurity and pride, or do you know the way onto God’s high tower where security comes from humility? Which leads to genuine life, and which locks you away from an authentic life? Seek God’s will, ways, and wisdom and the right choice may become evident.
Whoever tries to make his life secure will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. Luke 17:33
The premise of sanctuary threads its way through the ongoing story about a small South Georgia town of Shiloh and how its citizens dealing with dark secrets, scandal, and sin impacting their tranquil rural community.
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Sanctuary Review by Dana Ridenour, author of Award Winning, Behind the Mask
In his debut novel, Sanctuary, T.M. Brown, introduces his readers to the cast of characters who live in the tight-knit, small town of Shiloh, Georgia. Theo and Liddy Phillips moved to Shiloh from Atlanta expecting a quiet, tranquil retirement. Little did they know that their arrival would stir old wounds and lead them to discover a buried secret in their new hometown. Theo sets out to write a newspaper article about a local man who tragically died in a fire. While researching the local hero, he discovers quite a few secrets that some people in the town want to remain a secret. Brown immerses the reader into this quaint town and allows the reader to get to know his characters. The characters are interesting and likable and the story is believable. The novel is God-driven and the language is clean. It was difficult to say goodbye to the colorful characters who reside in Shiloh. Luckily this is the first book of what will hopefully be a long series.