Monday, April 11, 2011

Convo with Pastor - 1 Samuel 6:2

The Philistines said,
"What shall we do
with the ark of the Lord?"
1 Samuel 6:2
 
I love the 1 Samuel 5 story of the Philistines bringing the Ark of the Covenant into the temple of their fertility god Dagon.
 
A huge statue of their chief god seemed to tower over the ark ... at least until morning.
 
Sometime during the night -- daggone it -- the statue of Dagon fell face-down at the "feet" of the Ark and God's mercy seat.
 
So they set it back up, and -- daggone it -- sometime during the night Dagon fell again. This time, Dagon wasn't just face down, he was face off! The statue's head and hands had broken off.
 
Soon the Philistines in the town of Ashdod began having boils and bumps and tumors all over their bodies. So they tried to ship the Ark of the Lord to other Philistine cities. But everyone was afraid -- not of a golden box, but of a God who was infinitely stronger than their daggone gods.
 
And that leads to today's verse, "What shall we do with the Ark of the Lord?!" Their pagan priests cried, "Give it back and give it back with interest! Give it back with offerings and sacrifice. And give it back quick."
 
Psalm 68 says, "35 Awesome is God ..., the God of Israel. He gives power and strength to his people."
 
If you want God's power and divine strength to be more manifest in your life, what do you know of that you might need to give back to God ... quick and with interest?!
 
In Christ's Love,
a guy who needs to start
by giving thanks more frequently!
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Hmmm ... that is a hard question. One that has an immediate answer come to mind, but not one I want to admit here in this very public forum.

However, it is something that I know God wants me to give it back quick with interest. The hard part can be ... giving it back. Letting it go. Returning it to God.

Maybe by simply giving thanks for the strength to let go is where to start.

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