Tent Dwellers

In the midst of a spiritual defeat, the children of Israel all went to their own tents (1 Samuel 4:10). Notice that they were defeated and retreated. Also notice, in Deuteronomy 1:27, that the children of Israel murmured in their own tents. To have your own tent is in no way unscriptural; however, it is wrong to use your tent as a substitute for the place of fellowship or as a place to express rebellion toward God’s plan.

The children of Israel, while they were in the wilderness, said, “Because the Lord hated us, he hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt.” Where was the place of their expression? In their tents. So often people retreat to their private chambers, to their private and trusting friends, to relate nothing less than communication of Adam’s rebellion in their hearts toward God and His provision of grace. Why did God bring us out into the desert? Simply, so that all the things we needed would be provided by God and not the world. The problem, however, is the tendency to withdraw instead of drawing near. We ought to give a special place to praise and thanksgiving in the heat of the trial. If we express Corporate Body victory in our tent among our families and peers, then there is no question about that expression in the corporate assembly. Our own tent must be nothing less than a place for Christ.

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