Monday, February 19, 2024

February 19, 2024

Israel finally turned their hearts back to the Lord at the direction of Samuel. They got rid of their idols, repented, and lamented the wrong they had done by turning their backs on God. Samuel had them gather at Mizpeh, where they poured out water as an offering resembling tears of repentance. And there, Samuel slayed a lamb, burned it, cried out to the Lord for Israel, and God heard him. As Samuel prayed and made the offering to God, the Philistines drew near for battle against Israel. Because Israel turned back to God, he helped them. God made a loud thunder against the Philistines, and it frightened them, giving Israel an advantage, and they were able to send them running scared. They could then reclaim the cities that were lost to them, and peace was restored. Samuel became like a traveling evangelist going from town to town, keeping the people on track and tuned in to God. 

When the church is absent, the people go their own way, neglecting God and turning to other things for comfort, though there is no comfort without acknowledging God. Many Christians became complacent during the outbreak in 2020 and have yet to return to their church. If you have been staying home in your pajamas watching church online, now is the perfect time to return, participate, and become an integral part of the body of Christ. We need to be together to be The Church!

And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt offering wholly unto the LORD: and Samuel cried unto the LORD for Israel; and the LORD heard him. 1 Samuel 7:9

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