Read 1 Samuel 7
Eleazar consecrated to keep the ark of the Lord and it stayed there 20 years. Israel lamented after the Lord.
Samuel spoke repentance: Return to the Lord with all your heart. Put away foreign gods. Prepare your hearts for the Lord. Serve Him only. He will deliver you from the Philistines.
Samuel prayer for the people. The people came together, offering to the Lord. They fasted and lamented we have sinned against the Lord.
Samuel judge Israel at Mizpah. The Philistines went up against Israel. The people were afraid. They asked Samuel to keep praying for them. Samuel made offering, cried out to the Lord. God heard and answered him.
God confused the Philistines so they were overcome. The men of Israel pursued them. The Lord’s hand was against the Philistines. God restored the cities taken by the Philistines. There was peace between Israel and Amorites.
Samuel judged Israel all his life. Year after year he made a circuit from Bethel, Gilgal and Mizpah to judge in all places. He always returned to Ramah to his home. He judged Israel and built an alter to the Lord.
There seems to be a pattern here. A call for repentance followed by recognition of sin and turning to God. Dependence on the Lord seems followed by God’s deliverance and restoration.
God wants us to depend on Him. He wants us to turn from sin. He wants us to recognize only He can make us right and whole. When we do not judge our self, God does. Giving God our whole heart results in deliverance, restoration, and peace.
What are you holding on to today? What do you need to turn from? Are you ready to turn to God? He is willing to accept you? He loves you and is able to forgive and purify you of all unrighteous.
Lord, thank you for your loving kindness. Thank you for not leaving to our self but coming after us. Chasing us with your love and forgiveness. Help us recognize what needs to change in our lives. Thank you for the strength, courage to trust You to save us. In Jesus’ name amen.