If we look at 1st Samuel we can learn a lot from the Israelites who had just lost the war against the Philistines.
The Israelites were discouraged, they had just lost the Ark which they thought would protect them against the Philistines but they ending up suffering a huge loss in battle.
We can learn 3 things from these passages in the Bible regarding our own relationship with God.
1) We must Confess our sins
The Israelites at the time were very close to worshiping the Ark as an idol instead of worshiping God. The biggest barrier between our relationship with God is our sin.
Yes, our sin has been paid and forgiven through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, however, when we continue to remain in sin without confessing it, we create a barrier between ourselves and God.
For example, we are a lot like an addict because we constantly relapse in our sin every single day. If an addict never confesses or admits that he or she is constantly struggling with their addiction, what happens?
Typically, that problem will persist like an infection that never gets treated spreading to other areas of a person’s life. We have to be willing to admit each day our struggle with sin, asking for forgiveness and relying on the source of our true strength to overcome it, our loving Father.
2) Pour out our hearts (1 Samuel 7)
We see in this passage that the Israelites after they had realized what they had done, poured out water signifying them pouring out their hearts and sin and giving it to God.
In the same way, we must always be honest with ourselves and be willing to open up to God. We can’t lie to ourselves nor can we lie to our Creator.
The Israelites were even willing to go so far as to make a public confession about their own failings and sin.
We don’t need to announce to the world our sin but it would be helpful to confess to God and a Christian partner you can trust to remain accountable.
3) Fighting Satan
Anytime we are earnestly seeking out God we can expect that there will be resistance from Satan and his demons. Do not be surprised if you are spiritually attacked as you seek the Lord more. Each day ask for the blood of Jesus Christ to protect you from these attacks.
When we seek God, our circumstances in life might not get better, in fact, our life might actually get worse. However, don’t let that discourage you from seeking a deeper relationship with God.
You can find hope and encouragement knowing that a deeper relationship with God will equip you to deal with the challenges of life, strengthening your faith and making you more like Christ.