1 Samuel 5:2-4 Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it to the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon.
When the Ashdodites arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. So they took Dagon and set him in his place again.
But when they arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. And the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off on the threshold; only the trunk of Dagon was left to him.
We read the story of the Philistines and the statue of Dagons collapse and miss the significance of the story for our lives today. Just like the Philistines, we have a temple in which our God resides. The scriptures tell us that we are the temple of the Living God, we are His dwelling place on the earth. In the temple of our lives, the place of supreme rule, God is to be the only occupant as He must not only be the highest treasure in our temple, but the ONLY treasure.
When we bring in another treasure or God to reside beside Him we invite difficulty and if we expect to invite Him into our lives to stand beside another we are simply provoking God to take action.
Our God is a jealous God who loves us with a passion and will not share us with any other god. When we place another God beside Him (we know what we have made our god) it will not stand and is destined to fall before Him. How foolish we are when we consider that fallen object of our love and attempt to set it back up next to Him. We fail to recognise that he will not allow that treasure to stand beside Him and its second fall will be greater than the first.
The Philistines had placed the Ark of God beside Dagon and the image fell, they lifted it up again and its next fall saw the head and hands cut off. We can assume that they failed to recognise and acknowledge the supremacy of the Lord over Dagon and as a consequence suffered in themselves the judgement of a plague. They eventually resorted to expelling the Ark of the Lord from the land.
If your faced with a fallen and broken treasure that you have loved and place beside the Lord, consider His position and right to exclusive ownership and residence of the temple of your life. Seek His face and give Him back the alter and throne of your life. Let no other love stand beside Him and compete for His rightful place.
It’s possible that, as you read this, you remember a time in the past when something or someone you loved more than Him was lost to you and as a result you sent God away. You closed your heart to the Lord, angry and fearful over your loss and wanting to forget His love for you. Call out to Him and seek His return, He will forgive and take up His place in your life once again, with great love and mercy.