“Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, “If you return to the Lord with all your heart, remove the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your hearts to the Lord and serve Him alone; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.” So the sons of Israel removed the Baals and the Ashtaroth and served the Lord alone.” I Samuel 7:3-4 NASB
A repetitive theme we see in the Old Testament time and time again is Israel forsaking their God for the false god’s of this world. Each time this occurred the hand of God’s blessings would be removed allowing the enemy to come in bringing them into bondage. Once they repented by seeking God again and removing the false god’s from their midst the one true God would drive out the enemy and restore His hand of favor upon them.
We don’t live in a pagan culture today with false idles to worship. Yet at the same time, how often do we allow the things of this world to become priority in our lives above and beyond God? How often do we allow the very things God calls sinful and wicked to be a part of our daily lives? Clearly, we have made our choice; the choice to forsake God for the things of the world. One would only expect that life to be one of bondage. This one should certainly not expect the hand of God’s favor upon their life.
If we are to expect the hand of God’s favor upon us we must return to the Lord with all of our heart, we must remove everything foreign to Him that dishonors Him, we must direct our hearts to Him and we must serve Him alone. We mustn’t do this only to gain His favor but to honor Him-for He is worthy. He alone is worthy. If this is your direction and your heart you should then fully expect God’s hand of favor. You have now placed yourself in a position of being for Him and not against Him.