For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven. (2 Corinthians 5: 1-2)
I received a magazine yesterday that has a picture on the front of a deserted house. Our country is in the grips of a mortgage crisis and many families are losing their homes. There are housing developments that resemble the ghost towns of the old west springing up all across the USA. And while it is sad, the loss of a house made of wood and stone is dwarfed by the loss or deterioration of a human body. Many people suffer the loss of their health due to old age or sickness resulting from man’s fall from grace in the Garden of Eden.
Many people are quick to blame God when tragedy comes upon them in any shape or form, whether financial or physical. But the truth is that our Father God never intended us to be in this predicament. It was only when we separated ourselves from God by sinning that we got into trouble. We are fortunate that our God didn’t give up on us, but has a plan for our redemption.
We all have the opportunity to return to God by receiving the forgiveness offered to us by Jesus Christ our Redeemer. The good news is that as we do this we gain the hope of knowing our future is brighter. According to the verses above, our ailing physical bodies, called tents because of their temporary nature, will be deserted and we will inhabit buildings instead. Imagine a house made by God that will last for eternity!
I don’t know about you but my tent is breaking down, as are the tents of some of the people that I love. But I have hope in Christ my Redeemer. Romans 8: 23 is a promise from God, Not only that, but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. The day is coming when this tent will be deserted but I will be in my new home with Jesus!
Thank you, Lord, for the hope I have in You. Chaplain Jim Freed is the Director of Men’s Addiction Recovery Ministries at America’s Keswick
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Think About This:To ask that God’s love should be content with us as we are is to ask that God should cease to be God.C.S. Lewis
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Be sober, be vigilant; becauseyour adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 1 Peter 5:8-9