“When the people came into the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why has the Lord struck us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of Shiloh to us, that it might come among us and rescue us out of the hand of our enemies.””
1 Samuel 4:3 MEV
The God card… have you ever heard some one use God to get out of a situation? This happens all too often when we try to do our own thing or see something else we want to do and we don’t bring God into the situation, until we need leverage to get out of one. If we were truly led by God, then we would not use Him to get where we want to go, we would simply follow him.
In 1 Samuel 4 Israel goes out to battle and they did not seek the Lord before they fight. Samuel was around but you don’t see where he is ever asked what the Lord has to say. They simply go out and pick a fight. When the battle gets tough they decide to get the presence of God (the ark). And put it in the middle so the presence of God will rescue them. They decide to play the God card. Relationship is more important than position. On this day they are defeated regardless of what they possess. The real issue here is not what they possess but who possesses them. They had the ark, but did the ark have them? They were not in a holy relationship. They were not depending on God, they were using God when the battle got tough. They found themselves playing the God card, after they got into the fight.
God is not simply a way of rescue or a way out…He is and always will be the Way. The way is thru relationship. The way is thru daily spending time with Him so that he can lead and guide. We don’t use the God card to get where we want to go. We have a relationship with God and he takes us where he has destined for us to go!
Lord help us to depend on you daily and out of that relationship see you order our steps!