As Samuel was crying out to the LORD for the Israelites the Philistines drew near to attack Israel. (Found in 1 Samuel 7:9&10)
Now when the Philistines drew near to attack Israel I am sure they expected a victory. After all the Philistines had defeated the Israelites previously. From the Philistines view it didn’t look like anything had changed. From where they were positioned everything looked the same. The Israelites were prime targets for a takeover.
There was a difference though. There was something that had happened that was not visible to the naked eye from afar.
See, if the Philistines just came a little closer. If the Philistines had just spent some quality time with the Israelites. If they had been able to listen closely to the Israelites conversations. If they had been able to observe their interactions. They would’ve known. The Israelites had truly repented. The Israelites had a change of heart. They were wholeheartedly sold out to God. In fear they sought the One Who they knew could make a difference.
The end result this time. The LORD thundered with a mighty sound that day and threw the Philistines into confusion and they were defeated before Israel.
The Philistines were subdued and did not enter the territory of Israel any more all the days of Samuel. And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel and there was peace.
Let me be reminded in all situations and circumstances to seek You. The Difference Maker. I want to live a life that is wholeheartedly sold out for You reflective in my day to day walk for all the world to see. If there is anything in my life, in my heart, that needs to change I ask that You have Your way. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Be Strengthened and Encouraged in HIM,
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