Man Without God by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL
SUNDAY MAY 09, 2021
TOPIC: MAN WITHOUT GOD
TEXT: 1 SAMUEL 7:1-11
KEY VERSE: “And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel: but the LORD thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited them…” (1 SAMUEL 7:10).
The passage reveals the helplessness and hopelessness of man alienated from his Creator. He is defenceless and open to ruthless attacks by the enemy who is aware of his condition. He is like a scantily clothed person in the open during a wild stormy night, with no shelter in sight. He becomes easy prey for the battering elements of rain and wind.
That was the state in which Israel found itself following twenty years of alienation from God. The ark of the Lord that signified the presence and protection of heaven over Israel that ought to be in the tabernacle was left in the house of a man.
That implied the absence of God in worship. By the time Samuel showed up on the scene to pray for the nation, he met a people given to idolatry. This made them vulnerable to the Philistines, their perennial enemies. Samuel knew were the problem was and promptly asked them to abandon their idols and return to the Lord.
They heeded his counsel in genuine penitence. Then they approached him for his intercession in the face of the enemy's threat. The Lord heard Samuel and sent a great thunder that disorganised their enemy.
Eventually, these enemies were subdued and driven away. Today, the state of the apostate world is akin to Israel in our passage before they repented. The scientific and technological inventions man idolises as the panacea for our lingering global challenges are weak 'gods'.
They cannot deliver him. Man must return to God and His laws through faith in His Son Jesus Christ to secure lasting victory over his defiant dilemmas.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Flight from God is a painful descent into the waiting arms of the devil.
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