1 Samuel 4

1 Samuel 4:1-22

SUMMARYLucky charm

OVERVIEWWhen the Philistines defeated Israel, they thought it would help to have the ark of the covenant in their midst. The ark became their idol.

BIG IDEADon’t put “God in a box.”

KEY VERSE1 Samuel 4:3 (Israel views the ark as a lucky charm)
After the battle was over, the troops retreated to their camp, and the elders of Israel asked, “Why did the Lord allow us to be defeated by the Philistines?” Then they said, “Let’s bring the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord from Shiloh. If we carry it into battle with us, it will save us from our enemies.”

Do not put any item, person, church, or anything before me. You are to worship me alone. I am the Almighty. I will provide all you need. Follow me. I am not only present in your lucky T-shirt, or on a specific street corner, or when a particular person prays. I am everywhere present. Call out to me. Don’t ask someone else to do it. I want you to trust me today. I want you to take a step of faith today.

I am calling you to follow me. Don’t worry about what others are doing or what they say you should be doing. Listen to me. Everything I say will be consistent with what I’ve revealed in the Bible. Use that as your test. But I want you to practice listening and obeying. I am doing a new work today, and I am inviting you on a journey that can make an eternal impact in your life and many others.

Look to God today and every day as the leader of your life, not as a lucky charm. Walk with humility that God is your leader, and walk with pride that God is with you. Take time to listen to what God is saying and obeying what he prompts you to do or say.