“When I thought how to understand this, it was too painful for me until I went into the sanctuary of God, then I understood their end.” Psalm 73:16-17
There have been times in my life when I was confused or even frustrated about an event going on around me. I could not wrap my own understanding around the craziness of life or of my situation and the dilemma I found myself in left me incapacitated. Have you ever felt so overwhelmed or exhausted that you found yourself frozen; unable to accomplish anything because of the crippling confusion surrounding you? I have found that when I am in this state, the only place to find clarity is in the presence of the Lord. The problem that has no answer is somehow solved when we go into His sanctuary. The issue we find so daunting suddenly becomes simple when we submit to His gentle hand of guidance.
We may not always be able to comprehend how the answer came. We may not be able to put our finger on exactly how our vision became clearer. But there is something about getting in His presence, sitting at His feet and resting in the knowledge that He is in control that makes our most difficult problems fade into obscurity. This is one of those things that can not be explained with rational language or wise proverbs. We can only say one thing for sure – “Had it not been for the Lord….”
The sanctuary of God is our refuge, our safe place where the enemy can not harm us. The sanctuary of God is where we are protected from the storms that rage around us. The sanctuary of God is the place of clarification; the place all of our confusion is laid at the feet of Jesus and He makes it clear again.
If you find yourself in a situation you do not understand, go into the sanctuary. I am not talking about the physical buildings we congregate in every Sunday to worship together; I am talking about that secret, quiet place where it is only you and the Father. Retreat to the shelter of His presence and find rest from the storm in your mind. Get away to that quiet place where there are no distractions drowning out His voice. Put your trust in the safety of the sanctuary and lay your burdens at His feet.
“But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Your works.” Psalm 73: 28