In 1 Samuel 5:1-7:1, we have the story of the Ark of God being captured by the Philistines. They take the Ark back home and place it in the temple of Dagon in the city of Ashdod. At first, the Lord God sends a little message to the Philistines by causing the image of Dagon to fall on its face. The priests of the pagan temple, finding their god on the ground that next morning, picked up the image and put it back in its place.
(As an aside, how much does this look like us? God knocks down an image we tend to worship, and we, like the priests, pick it up, dust it off, and continue to live our lives in the same fashion, missing the inherent warning). – C. Kevin Thompson
God resorts to stronger measures when we do not listen and are unaware of His signs. He rebukes with His Word, if we do not listen He sends warnings, if we do not listen He sends more warnings worse than before. Finally, if we do not listen, He sends something truly terrible to get our attention. What do we do? Complain about God. Silly human… God is not the problem, we are.
When drought comes, are we even aware?
Consider how different David’s response.
2 Samuel 21:1 NKJV
Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David inquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, “It is because of Saul and his bloodthirsty house, because he killed the Gibeonites.”
God promised blessing upon those who do His will. When we receive curse instead of blessing do we inquire of the Lord? Do we seek His face?
Daniel prayed earnestly when he saw the promise of God was not coming to pass.
Daniel 9:1-3 NKJV
In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the lineage of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans—in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the Lord through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.
But not us! We pray “if it be thy will” and when nothing happens assume the will of God is that nothing happens—even when God’s Word clearly tells us what His will is.
Neither David nor Daniel had sinned but they both took responsibility and sought the Lord.
Consider the Scripture we so often quote:
2 Chronicles 7:13-14 NKJV
When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Are you praying yet?