PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: 1 Samuel 5-6
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Who can stand in the presence of the Lord, this holy God?” (1 Samuel 6:20)
God cannot be tamed or used for our purposes.
Israel thought God’s ‘ark’ would guarantee them victory in battle.
The Philistines thought that God’s ‘ark’ would submit to their god.
No one in this story was able to handle God, for God cannot be handled.
God is not our good luck charm, keeping us safe from all harm and danger.
God is not our guarantee of success for all our dreams and ambitions.
Many people treat God like the Israelites and Philistines – for their own interest.
God is restoring His good kingdom, He is not building our kingdoms.
Religion is our attempt to manipulate God, to control God with our behaviour.
In the words of C.S.Lewis, God is not a safe or tame lion, but God is good!
God wants a loving relationship with us, not to be used for our purposes.
Like Jesus, we need to submit our purposes to God’s, to trust God with our lives.
With Jesus, we are able to stand in the presence of this holy God!
Am I submitting my life to God, or expecting God to submit to my life?
Lord, forgive me for thinking that You are the way to get what I want. With You I pray, ‘Not as I want, but Your will be done!’