In all the great action hero stories, the hero is portrayed as a weak nobody that through some supernatural occurrence becomes unstoppable and invincible and then saves the day. Well under those parameters, Israel became superheroes. I can hear the trailer—mild mannered nation of Israel is being bullied by the Philistines—then they find their heavenly father and repent of their sin, dispose of their idols and BAM!!!—they become God’s Mighty Army. God sends great thunder and earthquakes to panic the enemy and Israel uses their new found power for God to destroy their enemy, free their captives and allow peace to cover their Land…God’s Mighty Army—Living in a Bible near you.
The truth is we all have within us the ability to follow God and allow him to be our warrior. He will carry us through great battles and show us his loving but mighty hand. When we follow him closely, he cleanses, provides and protects us. Even in difficult times, he stands with us and strengthens us to face the circumstances that are ahead. Often, we do not even realize how many amazing things he does for us each day. But, if we stop and take inventory, it is no less than amazing. Help me Lord to follow closely and discover thue power of faith and your spirit.
God Bless You
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.
10 While Samuel was sacrificing the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to engage Israel in battle. But that day the Lord thundered with loud thunder against the Philistines and threw them into such a panic that they were routed before the Israelites. 11 The men of Israel rushed out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, slaughtering them along the way to a point below Beth Kar.
12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer,[b] saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”