It also involved a giant rain storm and a leaky tent. I woke up with my head in a river, which thankfully was not my own slober.
My sister and her husband went tent camping last year with their 3 kids (super brave and they had a super great time). They had bought a new tent at Walmart and had an issue. A Squirrel came and ate a giant piece out of their tent. My brother-in-law actually went back to Walmart, told them the story and they gave them a brand new tent.
Proverbs 14 is full of lots of wonderful trinkets of wisdom. But I was struck by this in Proverbs 14:11. The house of the wicked will be destroyed but the tent of the upright will flourish.
Contrasting a tent and a house and saying the tent flourishes versus the house is interesting. I mean, I am not signing up anytime soon to live out of a tent. Tents leak. Tents are fabric versus bricks and foundations. And tents are often small.
But this promises us that the tent of the upright will flourish.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t always feel so upright.
But we are promised that IN CHRIST His Spirit dwells in us.
1 corinthians 6:19 Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you.
Wow. Sometimes it’s easy to forget the Holy Spirit is in us.
But if my body is holding the Holy Spirit, then my tent will stand. It will withstand the storms of life. It will not be shaken.
Even when people come and try to eat holes in “my tent” , or the enemies lies try to cause my tent to feel unstable–when I recognize that my life is lived with the Holy Spirit of God inside of me then it’s possible to know my tent will flourish.
I also love Proverbs 14:26 In the Fear of the Lord one has strong confidence.
Do you need some strong confidence? Some hope that no matter what storms come, what rains pour in, what the enemy tries to do to try to steal , kill and destroy– that you can stand in strong confidence.
Not confidence in your own ability, own strength, own possibility of doing this life right.
But confidence in the who God is and what He says He can do. (<—- click to tweet)
How are you feeling about your tent right now?