1 Samuel 5: 12 Those who didn’t die were hit with tumors. All over the city cries of pain and lament filled the air. (MSG)
 Yesterday we read the Ark of the Covenent was lost. The Philistine army brought it back to Ashdod and set it in The Temple of Dagon. The Philistines occupied the five cities of Gaza, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ekron, and Gath. God, without the help of a single Israelite (literally) dismantled Dagon from his lofty place and put the “Fear of God” in three of the five Philistine cities. But despite the tumors, rats and mass destruction of life, the Philistines continued to worship their inferior false god Dagon.
 There are two things we can take from this.
1) God doesn’t need swords, and men to defeat our enemies. He can work behind the scenes and destroy them or bring them to their knees without our input or our help.
2) Human nature to rebel against God is just astounding. Instead of falling to their knees and acknowledging the absolute power and holiness of the God of Israel, they foolishly lift up their god, and the only change they make is avoiding stepping on the threshold on which he was found laying in pieces.
 Father God, the Lord God mighty in battle. King of Glory. Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent. Who is like you? NO ONE! None can compare, no one even comes close! God, I know you are at work behind the scenes, doing what you do best even though I’m yet to see the effects of it. In my foolish attempts to fight my battles, I only seem to dig myself deeper into trouble. There have been times when I foolishly set things back in place that You were trying to tear down in my life. Forgive me for those times when I chose other gods over You.
Lord, as we enter in a new year and as we commit/resolve to make changes, give us the strength to see them through. And as those habits, hobbies, homies, and hankerings begin to fall, we cry, Arise oh God as a mighty man of war! And let Cries of Pain and Lament be the only things coming out of the enemy’s big mouth.