Today's encouragement comes from 1 Samuel 4:3b, where we read these words:
"Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD from Shiloh to us, that when it comes among us it may save us from the hand of our enemies."
These words of the Israelites (above) clearly demonstrated that they were trusting more in superstition (and the *things* of the Lord), rather than in the God of the true religion Himself, (with His "things" being the means of His grace).
The Lord is not impressed with our devotion to show, at the expense of our sincere faith in His Son. Let us appreciate all God's gifts, but never at the cost of failing to love the Giver of these kindnesses.
[Puritan quote of the day: "In a spiritual sense, the godly seek great things for themselves, and it is their glory to do so." --Jeremiah Bur-roughs, in, "The Excellency of a Gracious Spirit"]