1 Samuel 3 The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions...
As I read 1 Samuel 3:1-21, it was Eli, not Samuel, who captured my attention. Eli has fallen away from God and out of His favor (see 1 Samuel 2:27-36). Yes, he's still the high priest, but he's not honoring God. Well, the Lord comes to Samuel in the middle of the night and delivers the heavy message that He [God] is going to fulfill all He has spoken against the house of Eli. The next morning, Samuel then repeats God's grave message to Eli, and Eli's response is simply "It is the Lord. Let him do what seems good to him" (vs. 18). All I could think was Wow. What happened to you Eli? This is God. Do you love Him? Aren't you going to ask for forgiveness?
So how do you think Eli got to this calloused, hardhearted point? How do we avoid going down the same wayward path? What are you doing to keep your relationship with God where it should be?Tami
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