Acknowledging God in Our Own Way
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 6,7; Psalm 72; 2 Corinthians 9
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Samuel 6:1-5
During a battle with the Israelites, the Philistines captured the Ark of the Covenant. (The Ark of the Covenant was a large box that contained the Ten Commandments given to Moses.) The Philistines were happy about capturing the ark because they had heard the stories of God’s great power in saving the Israelites in the past, and they hoped that since they now possessed the ark they would have that same power on their side. What they found, however, was that everywhere they took the ark, devastation followed. They took the ark from town to town, but God would always afflict the people in these towns with tumors as a punishment for taking the ark away from the Israelites. In our key passage today, the Philistines were trying to decide what to do. They knew they could not keep the ark any longer, because too many of their people were dying, so they decided to send it back to the Israelites. They did not want to send it back to Israel (and to God) empty handed, so they decided to send with it a guilt offering consisting of five gold tumors and five gold rats. This type of offering was the type the Philistines would make to their own gods, so they believed this would be acceptable to the God of Israel, even though this was hardly the type of sacrifice that God’s laws prescribed. The Philistines were trying to acknowledge God in their own way instead of serving Him in the way He requires, and the results would be disastrous when the Philistines were defeated in battle by the Israelites.
Many people in our world today still try to acknowledge God in their own way. These people have many different theories about God and believe there are many different paths to spending eternity with Him. Some believe that if they do enough good deeds they will make it to Heaven. Others believe that if they do not do anything “really bad” they will make it to Heaven. Some people believe that as long as they go to church every once in a while or read the Bible, they will make it to Heaven. Still others even believe that Heaven does not exist. The sad truth, though, is that all of these people are lost. Like the Philistines, those who are trying to acknowledge God in their own way will face devastating results. Heaven is a real place, Hell is a real place too, and God has made it clear that there is only one way to ensure you make it to Heaven. In John 14:6, Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Some people believe that this sounds elitist or exclusionary, but in reality, it is actually quite the opposite. There are no special requirements for coming to Jesus Christ and starting a personal relationship with Him. The Bible says in Romans 10:9-10, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Even if you consider yourself a “Christian”, if you have never truly accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, today can be the day that you stop trying to acknowledge God in your own way. Today can be the day that you receive salvation.
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Posted on April 9, 2013, in 09 - 1 Samuel and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, God's Character, Godly Living, Israelite, Jesus, Philistine, Questioning God, Religion, Salvation. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.