Sanctuary: a place of refuge or safety.
Refuge: a shelter or protection from danger.
There are 31 American cities who designate themselves as “sanctuary cities.” These cities protect illegal immigrants and refuse to enforce federal immigration laws. They include: Los Angeles, Santa Ana, San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, Oakland, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit, New York City, Washington, D. C., and eighteen others.
Sanctuary cities are set up by politicians for reasons the politicians deem are beneficial to themselves and to their constituents. If the political winds change directions, sanctuary cities could just as easily reverse their municipal minds overnight.
So much for the vagaries of man-made sanctuaries.
Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Say to the people of Israel, ‘Appoint the cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you through Moses, that the manslayer who strikes any person without intent or unknowingly may flee there. They shall be for you a refuge from the avenger of blood. He shall flee to one of these cities and shall stand at the entrance of the gate of the city and explain his case to the elders of that city. Then they shall take him into the city and give him a place, and he shall remain with them. (Joshua 20:1-4)
I believe the Lord is now in the process of choosing places to be cities of refuge for innocent people who will be fleeing from earthquakes, other natural disasters, and terrorists’ attacks. The citizens of these cities will house refugees and care for them until the refugees are able to return to their homes or move on with their lives.
These cities of refuge will be blessed by the Lord and receive a special grace for their acts of hospitality.
Today, I prayed:
Lord, I pray that we American believers deny ourselves, pick up our crosses, and follow You so that Your divine plans of mercy will come forth in Your chosen cities of refuge and that You will be glorified. (Based on Mark 8:34)
What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?
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