Like any dad, when Israel truly repented of their wrong doing God forgave them. When they restored their relationship with him, he was able to once again to provide, protect and bless them. What a great testimony…”Then ALL the people of Israel turned back to the Lord.” It is a critical thing to note that God immediately forgave them. He did not take an attitude of “We’ll See!” He longs to have us follow him in freedom and he knows our heart. He knows when we repent and he accepts us right where we are.
If we as individuals would follow him and submit to his lead—he would lovingly provide and protect us. If we as a nation would repent as Israel repented—we could ask and he would hear our cry and restore us and heal our land. But, we would have to all turn back and truly repent, as Israel did. Our nation is greatly suffering the pain of walking away from God. We need to allow him to regain Lordship of our lives and our nation—Help me Lord to make you my Lord and the Lord of my home.
God Bless You
Then all the people of Israel turned back to the Lord. 3 So Samuel said to all the Israelites, “If you are returning to the Lord with all your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths and commit yourselves to the Lord and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.” 4 So the Israelites put away their Baals and Ashtoreths, and served the Lord only.
5 Then Samuel said, “Assemble all Israel at Mizpah, and I will intercede with the Lord for you.” 6 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.” Now Samuel was serving as leader[a] of Israel at Mizpah.
7 When the Philistines heard that Israel had assembled at Mizpah, the rulers of the Philistines came up to attack them. When the Israelites heard of it, they were afraid because of the Philistines. 8 They said to Samuel, “Do not stop crying out to the Lord our God for us, that he may rescue us from the hand of the Philistines.” 9 Then Samuel took a suckling lamb and sacrificed it as a whole burnt offering to the Lord. He cried out to the Lord on Israel’s behalf, and the Lord answered him.