When the people came into the camp, the elders of Israel said, "Why has the LORD defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us take to ourselves from Shiloh the ark of the covenant of the LORD, that it may come among us and deliver us from the power of our enemies."
Israel lost a battle and wondered why. They concluded it was because they didn’t have the ark. Wrong conclusion! Listen to this…
As the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth resounded. 1 Samuel 4:5
Wow! That’s impressive. Shouting! The earth resounding! Their enemies heard and were afraid. But the enemies won the next battle and captured the ark. What went wrong? They should have concluded that they weren’t honoring God and repented. They should have surrendered to God! Then they would have great victory. Instead they wanted to use God for their own ends.
So the Philistines fought and Israel was defeated, and every man fled to his tent; and the slaughter was very great, for there fell of Israel thirty thousand foot soldiers. 1 Samuel 4:10
God will not be used. He is Great. He is Holy. He is Sovereign. He sits in the heavens and does what He pleases. He is working out His own purposes! It’s time to surrender.
This is an important reminder. It’s better to ask the Lord what He wants than to get Him to agree with what I want. Are you trying to use God for your own advantage, or enjoying a real relationship with Him through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ?
All to Jesus I surrender;
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!