Part II of Wake up and Smell God’s Flowers!
In 1 Samuel 4, the children of Israel were presumptuous in believing God would be with them simply because of who they were (children of Israel) and the presence of the are of the covenant (which is a symbol of God’s presence and power.). They thought they could use it as a âgood luck charm,â? even though the nation as a whole was in gross sin, idolatry and immorality. God will not be used. The battle ended as a tragic loss for Israel.
1 Samuel 4:6-10
6 And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, What meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews? And they understood that the ark of the LORD was come into the camp. And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, God is come into the camp.
7 And they said, Woe unto us! for there hath not been such a thing heretofore.
8 Woe unto us! who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods? these are the Gods that smote the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness.
9 Be strong, and quit yourselves like men, O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been to you: quit yourselves like men, and fight.
10 And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and they fled every man into his tent: and there was a very great slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen.
Are we guilty of that? Do we assumed just because of our status as children of God that He will bless us despite our disobedience to clear commands and holding on to our pet sin?
Did you also notice the intent of the Philistines? They realized that if the Israelites could no longer âseeâ? the presence of the Lord, they would lose courage.
The Lord said it well in Luke 16:8Â
And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
Not too long ago, the Lord brought home to Him a dear Christian lady and precious friend. This was a close to middle aged lady loved the Lord and her whole family had been serving Him faithfully forÂ several years. At that time,Â I was fighting sin in my life and God used her physical death as a means to get my attention. I got to thinking, lets say this lady was being rebellious (and I am NOT saying that she was!!!!) and God cut her life short because of her rebellion, then who am I that God should not snuff out my physical life now… Â
Â We need to take heed! Satan only has a few tricks, but he uses them well.
First, he will try to stop the lost from getting saved.
Having failed that, he will try to stop God’s children from being effective for the Lord. Satan knows if he can prevent us from seeing the power of the Lord in others lives and seeing and having it in our lives, we will lose courage and not have strength for the battle. It’s hard to be effective in our service to the Saviour if we can’t see Him working in our lives.