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BIG MISTAKE

1 Samuel 5:2 “Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it to the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon.”

 DON’T POKE AT GOD

 The Philistines were under the impression that since they had defeated Israel, they had also defeated their God. They took the ark of God and presented it before their god, Dagon. But when they awoke the next day Dagon was face down on the ground.  The next day it happened again, and he was even chopped up.

Then God turned His sights on the Philistines. He smote them with tumors.  Now they are worried.  Now before you judge them too harshly, we do the same thing.  We have to treat the things of God as holy, not casually as just another thing.  What do I mean?  How about His Word?  It is HIS Word, not just some stories.  How about the Church?  It is HIS bride, not just some gathering.

TEACHING MOMENT

 Children will watch how you handle God’s stuff.  They will learn from you how to handle His Word.  They will learn from you how you treat His Church.  They will learn from you how important you consider the day of worship.

“Come on, Carl!  Aren’t you getting a little legalistic?”  I don’t think so. I just think we don’t teach our children to honor God anymore.  He is the same God who smote the Philistines.  He is the same God who punished those who rejected Him.  Teach your children to have a holy reference for Him.

Is there something of God’s that you aren’t honoring?  Make that right?  Ask God to forgive you for not standing in awe of Him.  Ask God to forgive you for treating Him too casually.  He deserves all your praise.

O Holy God, forgive me when I get too comfortable with You. I know You love me and call me Your child, but I also know You are worthy of my allegiance and obedience.  I bow before You today.

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