FRIDAY November 9, 2018
God is Omnipotent
Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon. And when the people of Ashdod arose early in the morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the earth before the ark of the LORD.
1 Samuel 5:1-3
The Philistines had possession of the Ark of God and brought it into Ashdod, one of their five major cities, and set it in the house of their god, Dagon. This god was awful––it was half human and half fish. It had a fish tail and looked like a mermaid. The Philistines knew of the God of Israel; they had heard about the plagues in Egypt and were fearful. So now that they had captured the Ark of the Covenant, they wanted to see who was more powerful. So they placed the Ark of God at the feet of their god.
Notice their blasphemy! But when they awoke the next morning, their god, Dagon was bowing down to the Ark of the Covenant. He was showing His power to this heathen nation. I like God’s humor. Even though Israel had been disqualified, and God’s people were nowhere near, God was still working among their enemies.
God was not going to bless the enemy; He would ensnare them. Do you know how long it was before the Ark of God was returned to its position? It took twenty years! All because of Israel’s sin!
Understand, God does not need you and me to make Himself known to other people. He can reveal Himself to anyone. If we do not learn our lessons of obedience, a lot of years will be wasted. Like Israel, you can disqualify yourself. Time is too short. We need to get right with God so we can be useful in His work. Only what we do for Jesus Christ will last.
An honest man with an open Bible and a pad and pencil is sure to find out what is wrong with him very quickly.
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