The rest of the story…

Ok, so if you read my last post about the ground shaking  and then read the rest of the story (I Sam 4: 1-11), you found out that the Israelites did NOT win the battle with the Philistines–even with the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord with them.  Not only that, but the Ark was captured and taken by the Philistines!  but…but…they were so excited!  They knew and understood the power of the Ark–the presence of the Lord.  But, they lost the battle AND the Ark?!  How could that be?!

The only thing I can figure is it was b/c they never consulted the Lord about that decision.  All over the Old Testament, kings are seen to be consulting the Lord before they step into battle.  “Will we be successful?” they will ask.  “Can we do this?”  But, this time, their is no mention of them asking.  I’m sure it just seemed like a good idea to them, so they just did it.  How often do I do that?

But, see, God had a plan anyway that he’d already set into motion.  He had already told Samuel when he was a boy that Eli’s sons, Hophni and Phinehas, would be disciplined by God because Eli (their father) refused to discipline them.  They died that day on the battlefield–the same day the Ark was captured.  So, God’s plan was bigger than theirs, what a surprise.

The moral of this story is:  Pray and ask God before making a big decision (or even little ones?)…even if it seems like a good idea, still seek God first.  The words of Proverbs 3 are coming back to me now…In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. It says “all” your ways, doesn’t it?  Not just when things are unclear, but “all” the time.  That’s going to take some re-training, fo’ sho’.

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