I suppose we all have our favorite Bible stories. I seem to gravitate to the ones where God shows His might in everyday occurrences. For example:
Milk cows. It’s probably because I grew up on a farm that this story strikes a chord in my heart. It drums up memories of my father, taking the calves away from their mothers for the first time. He would put the calves out to pasture and leave their mothers in the barn. What a racket! Those cows would bawl all day for their babies.
So, here’s the story: Israel is at war with the Philistines. There is no king yet. Eli and his two sons, Hophni and Phineas, are the priests at the time. Eli’s sons are wicked men, and it is into this situation that Hannah places her son, Samuel! (That’s another story. Talk about trusting God!)
During the battle, the Philistines start to win, so the Israelites get the Ark of the Covenant–which they treat as a lucky charm–and bring it to the battle field. They’re so excited that their shouting drives fear into the hearts of the Philistines. They see the Ark and know that God is in the battle. (Sadly, the Israelites forgot that God was with them without bringing the Ark to the battle.) When the Philistines realize what it is, they fight with all their might, kill 30,000 Israelites, and take the Ark.
However, when they set up the Ark before their god Dagon, ( I love this part!) the next morning, he’s on the ground without his head and hands! God then strikes the Philistines with a plague: tumors and rats! (Some translate it as the Bubonic plague.)
So… they are told by their priests and wizards to put the Ark on a cart, take two milk cows that have never pulled a cart before, yoke them to the cart, leave their calves in the barn, and then send them in the opposite direction towards Israel.
They knew that if those cows took off for Israel, all their troubles were not just a chance happening but directed by the hand of God! Those poor mammas took off mooing all the way and never looked back. THAT was the hand of God!
Is there a lesson for us in this story? Probably several, but the one that I love the most is this: Wow! That’s MY God!!! He is so powerful, and yet He works in ways that I can see, reassuring me that He is with me and caring for me. It might not be as miraculous as the account above, but I’ll take it anyway!
For example: I am subbing today for a dear lady that really loves her job and is an awesome teacher! The last time I subbed for her, the schedule went like this (she teaches elementary music):
8:20 – announcements
8:30 – 6th grade
9:00 – plan
9:30 – 5th grade
10:00 – 5th grade
10:30 – 4th grade
11:00 – 2nd grade
11:30 – lunch
12:00 – 6th grade
12:50 – 1st grade
1:20 – 3rd grade
2:20 – chorus
2:50 – die!
Now she knows all the songs and the kids, and she does it all the time, and she’s younger than I am. I still don’t see how she does it EVERY day! But for me, I came home and died!
BUT, today, 1st, 4th, and Kindergarten are on field trips! Jehovah-Jireh!!! That gives me four open slots, and I’m praising God, BECAUSE, He know my schedule for the next four days and He knew that I needed those couple of breaks in the day!
Yesterday, as I studied for the Sunday school lesson on Rebekah, the commentator made the point that before Rebekah ever met Abraham’s servant, he was already on his way to meet her. Before I even thought about this day, He had it planned and knew exactly what I needed! We serve a GREAT God! Why don’t you take a moment to praise Him, and then go and talk to someone about Our Amazing God!