Date Sermon was Delivered: 22 August, 2021
Israel, in seeking to fight the Philistines, is in a deplorable spiritual condition. Thinking to enlist God in their enterprise, by bringing the ark of the covenant into the camp, they fail miserably. God will not be "used" by us for our agenda. As we follow the story we see how calamity leads to their being brought to humility and dependence upon the Lord in prayer, issuing in a comprehensive victory over the Philistines.