My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Let me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.
(Psalms 61:4 NASB)
For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down,
we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in
(2 Corinthians 5:1 NASB)
For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened,
because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what
is mortal will be swallowed up by life.
(2 Corinthians 5:4 NASB)
Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.
(2 Corinthians 5:5 NASB)
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
(2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB)
When I was a little girl my family used to go camping. We were
living in Germany at the time and we would travel to different countries
and stay in our tent -- and mom would do the cooking. It was a cheap
way to travel for a family of six. I remember camping in Sweden and
Yugoslavia. I think it was in Yugoslavia that we had an interesting
experience with a group of gypsies who were there in the same camp.
Honestly, we were not the best campers in the world. We were okay at
it, but it seems that when we got to a place in life where we could
afford to travel in a different way -- we did!
Tents are really just temporary things. They don't last forever.
They are mobile, but they also wear out -- get holes in them, and get to
a point where they simply can no longer do the job they were intended
to do. This is the state of our human tent -- our human covering which
we carry around in life. From the Old Testament God is calling out to
us to come and dwell in his tent. His tent, by far, is better than our
tent. His tent will never wear out and will never get holes or leaks.
His tent will supply all of our needs.
We are invited to throw off the old tent and live within the new --
beginning here on earth. How is this possible? Because in Christ we
are made new creatures. The old tent may wear out and we will
physically die, but once we have entered the new tent, we will be
Jesus continues his walk through Holy Week on this Maundy Thursday.
Today we will celebrate his servant attitude as he washed his
disciples' feet. Tonight we will celebrate the Passover and partake of
the last supper together with his followers. It was a week in which the
old was being shed so that the new could come and all of humanity could
How many of us are allowing ourselves to be exposed to the elements
of the world because we refuse to get under the tent of God's
protection? The tent has been put up -- the stakes driven deep into the
ground. It is a safe, warm and inviting place to be. Come in out of
the rain, the pain and the frustration of life and allow yourself
to be transformed under the tent of God's protection.
Lord, may I see you daily with all my heart and seek to constantly
remain in your tent. Thank you for what Christ has done in preparing
the way for us. Thank you seems so incredibly inadequate -- but there
are no words that can express my gratitude. I love you, Lord. Amen.