The other day I was reading a story found in the book of 1 Samuel chapter 5 from verses 1-12. It’s funny, yet very interesting and insightful.
The Philistines had defeated Israel in a war and had taken away the Ark of the Covenant of God which was an express symbol of God’s presence in their camp. The enemy is proud and confident of having deprived the Hebrews of their God. They will be able to beat them hands down in subsequent battles.
But then, they get a major surprise. They’ve just treaded on dangerous grounds. They’ve walked into a trap.
Before long the Lord begins to afflict the Philistines with painful and ugly tumors. Their land is infested with mice. They then remember that they’ve made the same mistake Pharaoh had made many years before.
When they become helpless they decide to return the Ark to its place; and not without a trespass offering.
What really made me laugh was the fact that each city where the Ark of God was sent to in the land of the Philistines, there was wailing and mourning. “They have brought the Ark of the God of the Hebrews to afflict us as He afflicted Pharaoh in Egypt…”
- Beloved in the Lord, this is how the presence of God in our lives should afflict the enemy.
- No devil should feel comfortable when a child of God walks into the room.
- The presence of God in our lives should inspire awe in those who do not yet know Him and bring them on their knees in worship.
- Because of your presence in that office, the fear of God should slowly take over the place.
- Men of evil intentions should dread having you in their midst.
- When they wrong you, they should be afflicted with holy guilt and then repent (a trespass offering).
I love the presence of God…and you?