Thursday, September 19, 2019

1 Samuel 7:5-6b NIV 2011

Then Samuel said, “Assemble all Israel at Mizpah, and I will intercede with the Lord for you.” When they had assembled at Mizpah, they drew water and poured it out before the Lord. On that day they fasted and there they confessed, “We have sinned against the Lord.”

This is probably the beginning of Samuel’s leadership as God’s prophet to Israel. The Israelites ceased being led by God through judges. Samuel was like Moses and led Israel to establish a leader. Samuel was used by God to intercede for the Israelites as His representative. Assembling at Mizpah (watchtower), just 7.5 miles north of Jerusalem, it was a place steeped in Jewish Old Testament history. The people recognized they had sinned against God. The Israelites began following Samuel’s direction and turned back to the Lord. The fear and/or reverence of God is the beginning of wisdom.

A relatively simple act brought God’s blessing upon Israel. But why does the sin in our lives have so much sway over how we live? That’s the question many ask. I used to look at passages like this and think, “Why don’t they get it?” I’m less willing to judge them now in light of my own sinful ways. Thankfully I live on this side of the cross, I find revering God is always my best option while daily I value all the wisdom He continually reveals to me.

How have you revered God today?

Receiving His wisdom together,

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