Monday, May 28
Today's reading: 1 Samuel 6:1-21
In 1 Samuel 6, we again get a look at the Philistines' thinking with regard to the ark of the covenant, along with how they handle its return to the Israelites. The Philistines were clearly knowledgeable about God's prior dealings with the Egyptians on behalf of the Israelites, and on some level, they were fearful of God and even acknowledged that they needed to make amends for their wrongful taking of the ark.
Chapter 6 fleshes out what I mentioned last Friday about the Philistines knowing they were dealing with an all-powerful God, yet refusing to acknowledge, accept or submit to Him as the one true God. The accounts we've read over the past few days provide us with a picture of how sin can cloud our vision, especially when it is unchecked, ongoing and unconfessed, which can then keep us from recognizing, submitting to and serving God.
Do you keep a short account with God when it comes to asking for forgiveness for wrong actions, thoughts, words, attitudes, etc.? Why is this important? Tami
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