PREVAILING VOICE DAILY
Topic: ICHABOD 5
Text: 1 Samuel 4:19-21KJV
19 And his daughter in law, Phinehas’ wife, was with child, near to be delivered: and when she heard the tidings that the ark of God was taken, and that her father in law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed; for her pains came upon her.
20 And about the time of her death the women that stood by her said unto her, Fear not; for thou hast born a son. But she answered not, neither did she regard it.
21 And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband.
God made man with glory and also releases a measure of His glory upon man, so man can be a carrier of God’s glory but not all men carry God’s glory. The measure of God’s glory upon a man is a function of the presence of God upon such a man.
From our text above, the ark of God signifies the presence of God and its the glory that encompasses Israel and made them never to lose a battle. So long Israel goes to war with the ark of God and in purity of their heart, they never lose a battle and they were never defeated by any nation, no matter how big the nation is, but when the two sons of Eli, Hopni and Phinehas sinned against God and desecrate the altar of God with their wayward lives without yielding to God’s warning, they led a war against the Philistines, took the ark of God with them, but the Philistines killed Hopni and Phinehas, took away the ark of God from the Israelites to their own land. Eli heard the news, fell from a chair, broke his neck and die, Eli’s daughter in-law who was travailing to bring forth a child, out of her pain named the child, ICHABOD meaning the glory of God is departed from Israel.
Dearly beloved, the only killer of God’s glory in your life is sin, sin can deprive you of God’s glory, sin can make God seemed far away from you (Isaiah 59:1), in addition sin gives access to the devil to exchange the glory of God upon you with shame and reproach. David understood this clearly when he prayed this prayer in Psalms 51:11 “…. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of they salvation…”. Beloved, do not joke with the presence of God, it is the determinant of how much of God’s glory your carry and flee from sin, it is a killer of God’s glory upon any man. God bless you.
* Father, let not your glory depart from my life in Jesus Name.
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