1 Samuel 2:30b, NLT- “I will honor only those who honor me, and I will despise those who despise me”
1 Samuel 3:19, NLT- “As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him, and everything Samuel said was wise and helpful.”
It seemed like God was letting Eli’s wicked sons get away with dishonoring him…”so the sin of these young men was very serious in the Lord’s sight, for they treated the Lord’s offerings with contempt” (1 Sam.2:17)
God is very patient and long suffering, but he will not be mocked for long, We will reap what we sow ! (Galatians 6:7) God punished Eli’s sons and Eli himself for his lack of discipline to his children. Eli’s family line would be cut off from priestly servant hood as decreed by God.
Thankfully God always has a faithful remnant of people who choose to serve Him ! God saw this in Samuel’s heart. Samuel would become a great prophet to Israel.
Am I giving pleasing offerings to God or am I selfishly taking the best and giving him the leftovers.
Am I doing anything that God could be losing patience with? Do I have any sin that I need revealed to me, that needs to be purged out of my life, so I can be in complete fellowship with my God?
I pray that I am choosing God daily. Choosing to follow His commands. Choosing to be obedient. I want to be a part of his faithful remnant today. I want to be a sweet aroma that reaches His throne of grace.
Lord, I am thankful that you are long suffering. But I am also thankful that you do not let sin in my life go unchecked for long. I pray that I can take your discipline with courage and move on in greater obedience and love for you. I pray that every trail and tribulation brings me closer to your glory. I pray that each of my days would be lived out to give you the glory you so richly deserve . I love you Lord. Amen.
From the archives. Originally published April 1, 2009.