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House or Tent Please?

Given our choice between a house or a tent, we would all pick the house to live in. But what if there were conditions attached to that choice? Proverbs 14:11 says:

The house of the wicked will be overthrown, But the tent of the upright will flourish.

We would all strive for the permanence of a real house. But what if that isn’t God’s plan for your life? Will you be better off concentrating on gathering so that you can have that good solid house to live in, or to go where God wants you to go at the time even if that involves living in a flimsy impermanent tent?

It might seem that the solidness of a house would be the best choice, and all things being equal it would. However, solidness and logical thinking will not stop the hand of the Lord from taking it away if it is not what He wants for you. On the other hand, while dwelling in tents for 40 years in the wilderness we know that it is said of Israel that their feet did not swell, nor did their clothing wear out. It is safe to assume that their tents did not wear out as well. The seemingly impermanent can be far more secure if that is where the Lord is leading. In fact, that is the place of flourishing!

House or a tent please? Before you answer and strive with time, might, and will, stop to consider where the Lord would have you be. Where does He want to bless and use you?