The human body is a marvel of engineering. The Lord has given to each of us a remarkable body as a tabernacle for the soul, and no two bodies are alike. We live in these bodies for a lifetime. We get to know them very well and are acquainted with their fortes and their foibles. Often the latter seem to outnumber the former. The days of childhood and youth are great as our bodies grow and develop, but it is not long until they crest the hill of peak strength and begin the steady decline towards the great unavoidable appointment with death. Growing old is a challenge, both physically and mentally. The senior years are often referred to as the golden age, but for many, the gold is as elusive as the legendary pot at the end of the rainbow. Loss of strength, sickness, disease, aches and pains ravage the ageing body.
As a tentmaker, Paul likens the body to a temporary “tabernacle” or tent [2 Corinthians 5:1]. He speaks of its dissolution as if it were a tent whose ropes are gradually loosened prior to its complete collapse. But never forget, it is the Lord’s loving hand that does the loosening.
It took a year to demolish some huge reinforced concrete silos on the Toronto waterfront, to be replaced by beautiful new buildings. The Lord is demolishing our earthly bodies prior to changing our “vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body” [Philippians 3:21]. Be patient. Soon your body will be made sinlessly glorious like the body of the ascended Christ.