What do you think about living in a tent?
As a camper, I love the great outdoors. I love nature, the sights and sounds, and especially the fresh air. But I really hate it when it rains and leaks inside the tent. I moan and groan, and am really an unhappy wet camper. I dread having to soak up drips, dry off supplies, pack-up wet items, and then take them back out and set them back up at home to dry out. It’s really a nuisance to me.
But to think that in the days of Moses, a tent was considered a pretty luxurious item to have in the desert. In fact, throughout Exodus 35-40, we can read about the beautiful portable tabernacle (tent) that was constructed for the Lord to fill (Exodus 40:34-38).
So, is a tent really that bad? (Consider first that the Lord’s Tabernacle tent was constructed of wood, animal skins, and outfitted with beautiful apparel, bronze, silver, and gold. Now that sounds pretty nice!)
In 2 Corinthians 5, we find that Paul refers to our bodies as “tents.” He also mentions that living in our tents (bodies) causes us to “groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling” (2 Cor 5:2). Do you moan about your body?
My guess is that you do. BUT, do you moan because you would rather have a better body? Are you wanting that “perfect” body advertised by the world? Or is it because you want your resurrected body given by Christ?
It’s not abnormal to be ashamed of or to want to improve your “looks.” In fact, it is a good thing to have a desire to want to improve your health, not only for your and your family’s sake, but because your tent/body is God’s dwelling place (1 Cor 3:16, 1 Cor 6:19, 2 Cor 6:16, Ezekial 36:27, 2 Tim 1:14, Romans 8:9-11) . [I always told the youth – if the Bible repeats something over and over, it must be extremely important.]
How important is it to you to be reminded that God dwells inside your living tent? Is there anything we should do differently knowing that? Is it raining on your tent where God resides, and do you need to repair some leaks?
note: pic borrowed from http://devotionalonjesus.blogspot.com/2010/04/4910-2-corinthians-51-5-more-than-tent.html?