“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.“

– Luke 2:6,7

Today, as we draw closer to Christmas, I have a thought I want to share — God always provides sanctuary for us. Even our beautiful church building here at Shepherd’s Grove is a place of rest and divine provision when we come to worship. Like shelter on a rainy day, a sanctuary reminds us that we have a safe home in the Lord.  

Interestingly, as we ponder the arrival of Jesus, we see that part of the miracle was God providing protection and a safe place for His Son to be born. Though His birthplace was less than glamorous, the manger in which our Lord and Savior was placed offered rest and shelter to the King of Kings. Understanding this gives us comfort because we know that just as He provided a home for Jesus at the time of His birth, God has provision for us in every situation. Whether it’s wisdom, reconciliation, protection, food, or shelter, there are no deterrents to His supply. Whatever we’re going through, He invites us to hold our peace, to love our neighbor, and to sustain our joy!

Friend, as you reflect on the humility of Joseph and Mary and the meek beginnings of Jesus, you can rejoice in God’s hand of provision and protection in your own life. He wants to encourage you that no matter how substantial your need, He has blessings of shelter, provision, and safety in store for you!


Father, thank You for providing me with excellent provision. Help me to remain humble and thankful.


In what areas have you experienced God’s blessings of shelter and safety? How did you show gratitude for His provision?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at  

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