What’s Inside That Worn Out Tent?

Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well, and that this devotion finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy!

Readings for June 6, 2021: Second Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 3:8-15; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. . . . For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Corinthians 4:16, 5:1

The older I get the more precious this passage means to me.

Throughout my thirties, I served as a deaconess to a beautiful congregation.  During my years as their deaconess, there was a retired pastor who was a member of the congregation. He had great wit and humour and always had something off the wall to say like, “Eat your prunes!” I remember on many occasions, with a little chuckle he would say to my husband and I, “Enjoy your health. What a blessing it is! It doesn’t last forever, you know.” My husband and I would give a little laugh and wish him a good day, all the while not giving his words much thought.

Well, now that we are in our fifties, we have begun to experience the loss of the healthy, vibrant, strong bodies we once had. Aches and pains have begun to take hold. Although this pastor went home to be with the Lord a couple years ago and is enjoying his new spiritual home, his words still put a smile on my face every day. He was right. Health is a blessing and we don’t realize how precious it is until it starts slipping away.

But why do we act as if it is a surprise. This aging process has been part of our lives since the fall into sin with Adam and Eve. Our earthly bodies were never meant to last forever since the fall. It is for that reason God set in motion a plan to redeem us and call us back to himself. You see, it is for this reason that God promised a Saviour to Adam and Eve, and all of humankind, in order to draw all people back to him for eternity, like he first desired. This world is not the be all and end all. Oh no, not at all!

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So as we put our hope in Jesus’ saving grace, and his Spirit renews and strengthens us every day through God’s holy word, may we become more dependent on his strength and less dependent on our own, especially as we see ours slip away. Let us continue to inwardly grow, and blossom in Jesus as we fix our eyes on him and the joyous spiritual body that awaits us, free from aches and pains, and filled with joy and peace to overflowing.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for the health of my body. On those days when the aches and pains seem more than I can bear, let me rest in you. Let my soul rejoice and my heart sing your praises for all your goodness to me through my loving Saviour, Jesus, in whose presence I shall one day be. In his name I pray. AMEN!

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