I Samuel 7:3 And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.
The people of Israel are in trouble. That brings them back to their God. They need help. They cry out for God to move in their lives.
Samuel tells them that God will only help them if they return to Him with all of their hearts. Returning to God doesn’t mean coming to Him in time of trouble but of getting rid of their false gods and idols.
Returning to God means serving Him only. God will work but only if they return with all their hearts.
I wonder how often we wait on problems to bring us back totally to God. Even when we come back to God we want to do it and still keep things the way we like them. We want to hold on to our pride, our gods, our idols though we would never admit that.
Time to really love God. To turn from our self, our sin, and follow Jesus!