“Now 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 5:1
Even though Paul was using the image of a tent to represent the human body when he wrote this in his letter to Corinth, I believe we all have tents of our own- things we put our hope in that will ultimately fail us. For some, it is a relationship or acceptance. Maybe even protection or riches. For others, it may be outward beauty or fame. No matter what it is, they take up a portion of our lives and consume a portion of our thoughts. We try to maintain our tents, make them more sturdy, build a better foundation, and even sometimes attempt to break down our old and used ones to start from scratch.
There comes a point when all of our time and hope is invested in our tents. And they crumble down.
What happens then?
If we put our faith and trust in God and build our foundation on Him instead of on earthly things or desires, we’ll find ourselves able to withstand anything. This is because while everything else may wash away and fall to pieces, our Mighty King never will.
Rejoice in the truth! We have an eternal life to look forward to. Put these earthly matters aside and focus back on the prize. Shift your effort and hope from your tents to your eternal house in heaven because we know that He never fails!