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verse 11: “The house of the wicked will be destroyed, But the tent of the upright will flourish.”

I had several ideas and inspirations to use for today’s verse, but the credit for today’s reflection goes to my wife, whose God-inspired observation I liked the best.

Some houses seem to look like mansions; they appear to be solid as a rock, only to find out they are not. I had to do some repair work on some aluminum siding of my house once. To casual observation, the eaves-work seemed fine until I pulled back the loosened aluminum siding to discover that the wood structure underneath was rotten; it would need to be pulled off and replaced with new wood.

Some houses are like tents; you would not think they could be sturdy enough to take shelter in. I once attended a church father-son campout on the shores of a large lake. We didn’t have a tent, so a good friend and fellow father invited us to sleep with him in his large “family size” tent. That night we had some nice “lake effect” spring winds, that made for some breezy sleeping conditions. At times, I woke up hearing the wind whistle and howl; but that tent was well-constructed, well-assembled, and anchored. It stood against that wind; my friend never worried that it would tear away.

In our society, it appears at times like the wicked prosper more than the good. They seem to live in fine houses whereas we seem to dwell in tents (an observation also found in the Holman concordance page 149). Appearances can be deceiving; the fine houses of the wicked are rotten with their wickedness, and doomed to be demolished. The tent of the righteous, though flimsier in comparison, will flourish. Jesus Himself used such an analogy in Matthew 23:27: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.”

Something to think about today.

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