1 Samuel 7

2 Then all the people of Israel turned back to the LORD. 3 So Samuel said to all the Israelites, “If you are returning to the LORD with all your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths and commit yourselves to the LORD and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.” 4 So the Israelites put away their Baals and Ashtoreths, and served the LORD only.

7 When the Philistines heard that Israel had assembled at Mizpah, the rulers of the Philistines came up to attack them. When the Israelites heard of it, they were afraid because of the Philistines. 8 They said to Samuel, “Do not stop crying out to the LORD our God for us, that he may rescue us from the hand of the Philistines.” 9 Then Samuel took a suckling lamb and sacrificed it as a whole burnt offering to the LORD. He cried out to the LORD on Israel’s behalf, and the LORD answered him.

10 While Samuel was sacrificing the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to engage Israel in battle. But that day the LORD thundered with loud thunder against the Philistines and threw them into such a panic that they were routed before the Israelites.

 

When the Lord’s blessing is in your life, nothing is impossible for you to accomplish. There are three things that are needed by those who seek to receive God’s blessings. You need to be for what God is for, against what God is against, and in the day of trouble, you need to cry out to God for help. This pattern is shown perfectly in this chapter of 1 Samuel. We see the Israelites turning back to God, removing the false gods from their midst, and then crying out to God for protection when the Philistines attacked. And please know the attack will come when you decide to be for what God is for and against what God is against.

 

For you, what does it mean to be for what God is for?

For you, what does it mean to be against what God is against?

Are you doing these things in your life today?

Is there an area of your life that is under attack because of this stand?

 

Doug Walquist