A Tent Dwelling God

6 I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling.

2 Samuel 7:6

We sometimes think of God as unapproachable, but look how approachable he is. Our God camps out. He is a tent dweller.

God — the God who created all things — wants a relationship with us so badly, he was willing to spend all those years in the wilderness with the Israelites. Think about the implications of that for a minute.

The Israelites, because of their sins and lack of faith, spent all those years wandering in the desert. God actually extended their time in the desert. But he stayed with them in a tent. That whole time, God stayed with them.

Now, were I God, I’d probably want to get that trip over with as quickly as possible. I’m God. I don’t want to be a desert tent. But that’s not the True and Living God.

The real God, though he punished the Israelites, stayed with them through it all. He stayed in that tent in the desert heat. He may have extended the journey, but he went on it too.

God is approachable. He wants to be with you so badly, he is willing to hang out in a tent in the desert. He’s willing to hang out in your car in a traffic jam. He’s willing. Are you willing to spend the time with him that he is willing to spend with you?

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Erick Erickson

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