She named the boy Ichabod, saying: ‘The Glory has departed from Israel. – 1 Samuel 4:21
We read in 1 Samuel 4 about Israel fighting with their worst enemy, the Philistines. Israel suffered a defeat. The elders of Israel then came up with the idea to take the ark of the Lord from Silo into battle. When the ark arrived at the camp, the Israelites started to cheer. The enemies were frightened and said: ‘The God of Israel, that same mighty God who struck the Egyptians with plagues, is in their midst.’
The honor lost
The Israelites expected to win the battle because God was where the ark was. However, the ark – the honor and glory of Israel – was conquered. What a disaster!
Our country, the Netherlands with its Christian foundation, has also lost its honor. Our Christian foundation is torn into pieces. The ark of the old covenant was the image of Jesus Christ. For years, people have been dethroning the Lord Jesus Christ in many nations.
When the wife of Pinechas heard that not only her husband, brother-in-law and the high priest Eli had died, but also the ark of the Lord had been captured, she was overcome by contractions and gave birth to a son. Before she died, she called him Ichabod: the honor has departed from Israel.
Is Jesus the center of your life?
Today I have a question for you: What about you? Is the ark of the Lord – Jesus Christ – in your life? Is He the center of your life? Are the glory and power of God in you? Or have they been captured? Have you lost Him? Have you changed? God says: ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever’ (Hebrews 13:8). We have changed, the Church has changed. People lost the battle in Israel because of their sins.
It is because of sin that the glory has disappeared from the Netherlands. Yet we see a desire; a desire for the glory to return in the Netherlands. Do you also have this desire for your nation? The Christian values and beliefs are good for everybody.
‘If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face… then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land’ (2 Chronicles 7:14).