In 1 Samuel 7 the Ark has been returned and the Israelites have returned to their God. Samuel tells them all together and he will pray for them. As they are gathered the Philistines see an opportunity to attack and the Israelites plead for Samuel to not stop praying for them. As a result, the LORD thundered a mighty sound that drove the Philistines into confusion and they left.
“What an amazing thing,” you might think, “to see God work in such an obvious way.” I would not disagree with you. There are many events in the Old Testament that would be a marvel to witness; Noah building the ark, the parting of the Red Sea, Daniel coming out unscathed from the lions’ den, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego walking out of the fiery furnace without a burn and not smelling of smoke. You might also think that it may have been easier for them, being able to see such physical evidence of God’s existence. I may have thought the same at one time, but not anymore.
In reading this last chapter I was reminded of a book I read a year or so ago, Kyle Idleman’s Not a Fan. At one point in the book he sets up a scenario of what it might be like in heaven; us getting to talk with people we’ve read about in the Bible & getting to ask them what it was like to be in the midst of such things. With the same fervor, he thinks, they might be wanting to know from us just exactly what it is like to have God Himself living within us.
Do you typically think that way? That you have God living within you? If you are in Christ, you have exactly that, the Holy Spirit, living within you.
In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. ~Ephesians 1: 13–14
And not only do we have Him, but we have direct access to God the Father, because of the once and for all sacrifice of God the Son, that is, Jesus. Because of this we need no human priest to intercede on our behalf. We are able to talk directly to God without fear that He will strike us down, as He did to the men who looked upon the Ark in the previous chapter (1 Samuel 6:19).
So, while miracles like those in the Bible may not be as prevalent today, we can find peace in knowing we can approach God, in any circumstance, and He will hear us.
do not be anxious about anything,but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-7
We can draw upon the strength and power of the Holy Spirit, who resides within us, to get through this life, with hope, one day at a time.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. ~Romans 15:13
Those are great and amazing things. I strive to remember them, more often than not, and pray the same for you, dear friend.
Love & Blessings,