Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Wednesday, 1 May 19:
1 Samuel 5:3 — “Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon and put him back in his place.”
How do you respond when God knocks down your idols? Do you just put them back up again?
1 Samuel 5:7 — “The ark of the God of Israel must not remain with us, for his hand is hard against us and against Dagon our god.”
The Philistines were suffering greatly because of the presence of the Ark of God. What was their solution? Separate themselves from the Ark so that they could be restored to their gods and their lives apart from The One True God. The Philistines saw the power of God and “believed in” God but did not have a heart for God to worship Him as God. The Philistines preferred to remove the presence of God rather than conform to it. Are there any places in your life where you keep God at a comfortable distance so you can live as you desire?
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 1 May 19: Pray to God that He will reveal to you your idols and remove them from your presence. Don’t ignore the Holy Spirit’s conviction concerning things that need to change in your life which are hurting your fellowship with God and with others.