February 12, 2024 Daily Devotion

Obedience and Love Part 2

Let us fetch the ark.

1 Samuel 4: 3

The Israelites failed to see the big picture. That is exactly what occurred in the above reading. In the desert, God showed them that he could provide everything for them; they needed only to rely on him. But once they arrived in the Promised Land, they started fearing their enemies and stopped obeying the Lord. They put up pagan idols in their homes (1 Samuel 7: 3-4). They looked to nations for wisdom rather than looking to the Lord.  

When the Philistines attacked, the Israelites said, “Let us fetch the ark” using it like a magic wand without keeping the covenant. The results were disastrous, Israel was soundly defeated, and the ark was lost. Just as God loves Israel, he loves us and calls us to be his children and to obey his commands from our hearts, for our own blessing and so we can be a light to the world. That’s his larger purpose behind his covenant with us. Like, Israel, we often don’t see the big picture. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  

Love God and follow his commandments.

Brothers and sisters in Christ,

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