1 Samuel 4:22 Has The Glory Departed?

She said, “The Glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.” 1 Samuel 4:22

Major sports teams have often done very well due to a specific player or coach on the team. For a time they do extremely well, until that one person leaves the team for some reason. Then suddenly all their glory appears to fall away. What was holding them together and giving them victory had left, leaving them nothing.

People can recognize when something has changed and the glory has left. It leaves them empty, confused and desiring the former glory.

The ark of the covenant had been captured by the Philistines. Eli, the high priest, and his two sons had died. His daughter-in-law gave birth and said that the Glory had departed from Israel, since the ark of God was captured.

During the Old Testament times, the ark of the covenant was the place where God dwelt and met with man. When it was captured or gone, it was a sign that God had departed.

Although the ark is no longer in existence, there is a new ark where God dwells. It is in the hearts of men and women who have repented of their sins and chosen to follow Him. As long as a person believes in, obeys and follows God, He will dwell in his heart.

Sadly, many believers have allowed their hearts to be captured by the world. Instead of following God with all of their heart, many choose to follow the ways of the world and allow sin in their heart and life.

God and sin cannot dwell in the same place. It is one or the other. If the believer does not repent and allow God to remove the sin, God will depart. He will lift His hand of favor off of the person to get his attention.

The moment you chose to believe in and follow Jesus, God set up His throne in your heart. His glory was upon you to bless you and keep you.

If you have chosen to sin against God and refuse to repent, His glory will depart. God does not want to leave but cannot stay where He is not welcome.

Strive to keep your heart right with God. Allow God to be Lord and Master over your heart.

Ask yourself if the Glory has departed your life?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will serve God with all of your heart; that you will make room for God in your heart and life all the time; and that God will give you strength to keep your heart from being captured by sin and the ways of this world.

Judges 16:20 Losing God’s Presence

Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him. Judges 16:20

In living life many people do things so routinely that they do not always recognize what is going on around them. Disaster can occur right next to one, but he does not see it because his focus is upon himself and what he needs to do.

It is in times like these that accidents occur, because of a loss of attention to the details.

Delilah had deceived Samson in revealing the source of his strength, then cut his hair and betrayed him to the Philistines while he was asleep. When he awoke, he did not realize God had left him and he was captured.

God’s Spirit and favor are with a believer when the believer is following Him and obeying Him. Although God never leaves a person, He will pull His Spirit back when the person chooses to walk in sin and disobey Him.

This is mainly done through the person not being willing to see or hear what God is saying or doing due to sin in his life. His focus is upon self and the world, rather than God and His kingdom. One may run out ahead of God and leave God behind.

As this occurs, disaster occurs in the person’s life. If the sin is not dealt with, the person begins to fall farther away from God and closer to the world. He becomes numb to God’s Spirit striving to move in his life, until he no longer recognizes that he is no longer with God.

Every believer must stay focused upon God and what He is saying and doing every day and never let sin reign in his life.

As a believer God is with you and wants to lead and guide you through this life. Do not allow sin or the things of this world to distract you from following God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength.

From the moment you get up in the morning until you go to bed at night, seek to know God’s presence in your life. Be aware when you have strayed away from God’s presence and guidance. Run back to God and stay on His path for your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will seek to follow God with all of your being; that you will not allow sin to separate you from God’s presence; and that God will never have to lift His hand of favor from your life.