The Lord will establish His holiness among His people and among His enemies. As Christians, we often forget how important it is to see God as being holy and to fear Him. When we read scripture we see that no one wins whenever God is dishonored and not feared. He will bring His heavy hand upon people either for judgment or for discipline. Let us come to understand that His purposes in this is out of his desire to bring us into right relationship with Him. Listen to this sermon out of 1 Samuel 5 and 6 for more!
God’s glory departs from those who try and use Him as a means to their end. He brings judgment whenever a people limits his greatness to something to be summoned as the ark was summoned to help them defeat the Philistines in 1 Samuel 4. They expected God to deliver them a victory though the priesthood was corrupt. God’s warnings came and they were unheeded. Tragedy struck the Israelites. What can we learn from such fearful OT accounts? Listen for more.
Do you ever convince yourself that God wants you to do something? Have you ever closely evaluated whether you really sought out the Lord in the matter? In our sinfulness, we often allow self will to be confused for God’s will. The Israelites made an extremely awful mistake in doing this that had grave consequences. Humility is of utmost importance when seeking out God’s will. He has given us His word for all guidance if we will patiently seek his guidance. Listen for more out of 1 Samuel 4.