1 Samuel 4:1-22
Before I start I suggest you watch this humorous video. It’s a little long but then end is very moving.
There are a lot of different ways to pray, but there are also a lot of different ways God can answer prayers. I’m sure you have heard that God answers with yes or no or wait. The difficult thing is figuring out which answer God is giving you. When someone says “God answered my prayers” we assume that God gave them what they asked. This makes both prayer and Christianity look easy. The issues come when God does not give us what we want; when God takes things from us; when God seems to not notice the time schedule we set out for Him. Maybe it’s because we are not listening. At times like these, our faith gets stretched.
I would not want to be in the Israelites’ shoes here. They were losing a war and turned to God but it seems like God’s response was
When things end so terribly it is hard to see any good coming out of it. We cannot see the future (and to be honest I really do not want to), nor can we fully understand God’s plans. God is not sitting in Heaven waiting for the opportunity to crush our dreams or ruin our lives. In the words of Junior Asparagus (from Veggie Tales):
“The Lord has given this land to us
No need to fuss, He knows what He’s doing
We know that He will take care of us
If we will follow Him.
God’s way is the best way,
Now that I know He loves me so
His way is the best way
And that’s the way for me!”
It seems like a lot of the time God’s way is the way that teaches us patience as well as reliance on Him. Next time I feel like God is not listening to my prayers (or even doing the opposite of what I ask) I will try to remember this part of the Bible. God did not bring victory to the Israelite army but as you will read in the next couple days, God had a plan that showed the world His glory (and maybe taught His people a valuable lesson).