Get Ready for God’s Answer

Posted: March 23, 2012 in Holy Land Moments
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“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.’ Then Samuel took a suckling lamb and offered it up as a whole burnt offering to the Lord. He cried out to the Lord on Israel’s behalf, and the Lord answered him.” — 1 Samuel 7:8–9

Have you ever been in a desperate situation in which it seemed like there was no way out? Have you cried out to God for help? Then, have you seen God’s deliverance or intervention on your behalf? Amazing, isn’t it?

When we harbor sin in our hearts and lives, our request for God to help us is futile. But when we confess our sin and worship God appropriately, God is ready to answer our prayers for help. The Israelites of Samuel’s day learned this lesson. The Philistines were an ever-present threat to Israel, until Israel got rid of their idols and worshiped God.

Samuel urged the people to get rid of their foreign gods and assemble at Mizpah for a time of fasting and confession. When the Philistines heard that Israel had gathered at Mizpah, they drew near to attack them. The Israelites were terrified and asked Samuel to pray for their deliverance.

As the Philistines were about to engage in battle, the Lord intervened with a fierce thunderstorm that caused such panic that the enemy ran away because of the fierce wrath of the God of Israel. The men of Israel pursued the fleeing Philistines and slaughtered a great number of them, all because of the Lord’s intervention on their behalf.

Sometimes what seems like circumstances that will bring certain defeat are just what God needs to demonstrate His overwhelming power to deliver us. But we must be ready for God to work. We must remain vigilant to confess sin in our lives and not allow ourselves to stray from true worship. When we do, we will be ready for God’s answer.

Take a moment to search your heart to see if you need to confess any sin to God. Ask for His forgiveness and worship Him. This will put you in a position to receive the help you ask for from God. Then, get ready for how God will answer you.


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