Returning to the Lord

And Samuel said to all the house of Israel, “If you are returning to the Lord with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your heart to the Lord and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.” So the people of Israel put away the Baals and the Ashtaroth, and they served the Lord only. 1 Samuel 7:3-4.

After the Ark returned, the people spent 20 years lamenting the loss they had suffered before Samuel challenged them to put away their false gods. It was after this time of national repentance that their enemies decided to attack.

We, also, need to lament the state we have allowed our nation to fall into. We need to put away our idols of greed and pride and selfish pursuits and seek first the kingdom of God. We can be sure the enemy will attack, but our God will deliver us.

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