No Good Luck Charms

To read the Bible in a year, read First Samuel 4-6. By
Israel went to fight the Philistines and lost (1 Samuel 4:1, 2). Israel wanted to know what was wrong, but look at how they attempted to solve the problem, “And when the people had come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, ‘Why has the LORD defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD from Shiloh to us, that when it comes among us it may save us from the hand of our enemies'” (1 Samuel 4.3). Verse 4 says they then sent for the ark. They looked at the things of God as good luck charms. Serious mistake. The Philistines defeated Israel again and even took the Ark of the Covenant.
Israel had been blessed in the past, not because they had the Ark of the Covenant, but because they obeyed the Lord and He in turn blessed them.
Having the Bible in a prominent place, or a cross dangling from your neck, or having a picture of Jesus in your house will not bring blessings, because the things of God are not good luck charms. God blesses us when we believe whatever He says and do whatever He says. Can you do those things?

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