The scripture reading today is 1 Samuel 7:3-17
(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 from among you and commit yourselves to the LORD and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand 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.”
(13) So, the Philistines were subdued, and they stopped invading Israel’s territory.
(17) Samuel always went back to Ramah, where his home was, and there he also held court for Israel. And he built an altar there to the LORD.
The story here tells us that even in the case where we have challenges much larger than ourselves The Lord is still there for us. Here the Israelites were afraid of being destroyed by the Philistines. Then they meet someone (Samuel) who tells them about the Lord, what the Lord expects from them and what the Lord will do for them. They believe and commit to serve the Lord but want the on-going help of Samuel whom they know understands the Lord and the necessary commitment. Sure enough, the Philistines were subdued and the problem was resolved.
We all get caught in activities and experiences where we are a small part of a significantly larger challenge, such as an employee, a voter, a student, a military designee, etc. It is important to remind ourselves that the Lord is still there for us as individuals. Our prayers to Him still are heard and responded to by Him, who is always just a prayer away. Sometimes we need help and that is when we have people, in the Church, who are trained and educated on the experience of interacting with the Lord and can lead us.
Jack H. Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: Help the tormented isolated individuals among us to stay aware that He is always just a prayer away.