In this passage of scripture, we see two things happening at the same time. First, you see Eli’s sons who are described as worthless or wicked. Second, is Samuel who is described as a boy ministering before the Lord. It is interesting to me that these two things are happening in the same place. It gives a good picture for us even today. Even though there is wickedness and things around us in our world or country, that does not mean that we cannot be a part of God’s work.
My mind certainly goes to our country’s current state. There is an obscene amount of wickedness and evil, and it is sometimes hard to see where we as believers can be salt and light. This passage gives so much hope.
Have you been more concerned with the bad around you than how you can simply serve God?
Are you seeing where God is at work around you, and how you can be part of it?
When we consume ourselves with the corruption around us we lose sight of the commission God has given us.
Continuing through this passage we see that Eli’s household is rejected by the Lord. Eli tried to get his sons to straighten up and they refused. This is a huge indication that God will not tolerate that kind of disobedience. He will not let His will be affected by people who are not willing to be a part of it. If you choose to not be a part of what God is doing He will choose someone else. In this specific case the next chapter leads in with Samuel being the “someone else” that God chooses.
Take time to reflect on times that you have missed out because you chose not to be part of what God was doing.
How can you choose to be a part of what God is doing today?
By: Dakota Gragg