May 13, 2024 – 1 Samuel 7:1-4

May 13, 2024 – 1 Samuel 7:1-4

And the men of Kiriath-jearim came and took up the ark of the Lord and brought it to the house of Abinadab on the hill. And they consecrated his son Eleazar to have charge of the ark of the LordFrom the day that the ark was lodged at Kiriath-jearim, a long time passed, some twenty years, and all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord.

And Samuel said to all the house of Israel, “If you are returning to the Lord with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your heart to the Lord and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.” So the people of Israel put away the Baals and the Ashtaroth, and they served the Lord only.

Oh the Israelites! They operate in such a cycle of rejection of God and then they turn around and seek God yet again by serving Him only.   Twenty years pass before they lament and seek God, putting away their Idols and turning back to God.

The Israelites remind me of my human frailties and how I manage to fall short on a regular basis. I often have to ask forgiveness for disappointing my God and ask Him to strengthen my walk and my faith, to cleanse my thoughts and my mouth. Do you find yourself in the same situation as I do? Ask God to grow your relationship with Him and fill your heart with a love for the study of His word.



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