How often do we assume success because "God is with us"?
We sing songs about it. The God of angel armies is always by my side!
In 1 Samuel 4 the Israelites are having their butts handed to them by the Philistine army. They decide: "“Let’s bring the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord from Shiloh. If we carry it into battle with us, it will save us from our enemies.”
Sounds good right?
If God is for us, who can be against us.
In the end they lose, the priests are killed and the Ark of God is captured by the enemy.
Can you imagine what the talk must be like back at the Israelite camp?
"Why didn't God save us?"
"Whose idea was it to take the ark anyway?"
"We might as well just die because there is no way this could turn out well."
Chapter 4 ends with: When the messenger mentioned what had happened to the Ark of God, Eli fell backward from his seat beside the gate. He broke his neck and died, for he was old and overweight.
Awesome. Let's hope chapter 5 goes a little better for our boys.