What to know For many Muslims, "power objects" are an important part of life. The Qur'an, inscriptions of certain Ayas (verses from the Qur'an), the Hand of Fatima, the blue bead...there are many physical items that are considered to hold supernatural power. Your friend might claim to have experienced the power of an object, and want to tell you the story. What to say
If you're reading this as a response to 1 Samuel 4-6, skip below. If the topic came up apart from the Creation to Christ story set, pause to read this story. Explain to your friend that this passage tells about a time that the descendants of Ibrahim tried to handle the sacred items given to Musa as power objects. As you read the story, talk about how this passage shows God as a being with a will and a mind and a desire: He is not a "power source" to control.
In the story of Shammil, we see how the people of Israel tried to control an outcome by using the Ark according to their own wisdom. God allowed their plan to fail, in a deeply painful way. But he glorified himself and exalted his own Name...according to his wisdom and sovereignty. In the end of the story, we see the people of Israel being unwilling to even bring the Ark to Jerusalem, now hesitant to act rashly and assume God's will. Instead, "The ark remained at Kiriath Jearim a long time—twenty years in all." The next story will continue with what happened next!