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Enlarge Your Tent

Reverend Dr. Wendell Mapson, the Pastor of Monumental Baptist Church, while renewing the wedding vows of a couple, read from Genesis 26:25 (KJV), “And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac’s servants digged a well.” Dr. Mapson indicated that the couple needed to do three things in their home: 1) build an altar for prayer, 2) make provisions for their family, and 3) pitch a tent to make a home, not a house. I thought about this advice so much that today’s devotion speaks of the need to enlarge your tent, or your home. In Isaiah 54:2, we find these words:

“Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes.”

The land is barren, but the prophet encourages God’s people to enlarge the place of their tent, because The Lord is about to bring forth blessings. The Word says in verse 3, “For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left…”  He is encouraging them to hold fast to their faith because the blessings of the Lord were  coming soon. This is true for us today;  we should never set  limits for how God is to bless us, but rather enlarge our tents so that our children and our children’s children will be blessed. The arm of the Lord is mighty. I am a witness of what He can do. In the words of Dr. Mapson, we all need to build a home – not a house; provide for our families by working hard; have an altar for prayer, and ask God to enlarge our tents all the while giving thanks for the tents that we have.