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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 77/260: Eli

Read 1 Samuel 2:12-17, 22-36; 3:11-18

Let the Lord Do What Seems Right To Him

How faithful was Eli the priest? The Bible does not offer a glowing report of this man. His sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were “corrupt” and “did not know the Lord” (1 Samuel 2:12). Eli deserves at least part of the blame for their shortcomings. While it is true that they will face the ultimate consequences for their own actions, Eli will have to own his failure as a father to these men.

Did Eli rebuke his sons? The text says that he did. “Why do you do such things? For I hear of your evil dealings from all the people. No, my sons! For it is not a good report that I hear. You make the Lord’s people transgress” (1 Samuel 2:23-24). His sons would not listen; their hearts were hardened against the truth. God would make an example out of them and their wickedness.

Eli stands as an example as well—a bad example. He did not raise his children properly, and he did not deal with their iniquity in a godly fashion. He rebuked them but they continued sinning. Something stronger was required but Eli did not deliver.

God then speaks to Samuel and delivers some bad news about Eli and his family. Samuel was afraid to tell the priest. Yet, Eli’s reaction to the news was not what Samuel expected. When Eli heard the word that God had delivered through Samuel, he responded, “It is the Lord. Let Him do what seems good to Him” (1 Samuel 3:18).

Though he was unfaithful when it came to parenting, Eli showed faith in the justice of God. Eli knew that he had fallen short, and he was content to accept the judgment of the Almighty. Did he wish he could travel back in time and correct his mistakes? Perhaps, but the text does not say that he dwelt on the past. He simply took God’s proclamation through Samuel as what it was—a fair judgment.

How do we respond when we come across a passage of Scripture that tells us we are in the wrong? Perhaps we have failed to do something that God commands, or maybe we have been doing something that He forbids. Do we seek to correct ourselves or do we look for loopholes? Jesus plainly says that we can know the standard by which we will be judged (John 12:48). We must learn to accept His authority and submit to Him! “It is the Lord. Let Him do what seems good to Him.”

Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 74/260: Hannah

Read 1 Samuel 2:1-10

God Answers Prayer

How do you respond to the gracious blessings of the Almighty God? When He answers your prayer, are you grateful and glad? Hannah declared, “My heart rejoices in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord” (1 Samuel 2:1). Does your heart rejoice? Do you recognize God’s handiwork in the strength you possess?

If we are on God’s side, we can say, like Hannah, “I smile at my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation” (1 Samuel 2:1). Certainly, nothing can defeat us if we are faithfully serving in the Lord’s kingdom. Paul asked, “If God is with us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). The answer, of course, is no one! “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38).

In her prayer, Hannah recognizes the magnificence of God’s power. “No one is holy like the Lord, for there is none besides You, nor is there any rock like our God” (1 Samuel 2:2). Do we properly exalt the Lord when He answers our prayers? We should!

Hannah acknowledges God’s prerogative to bring the faithless to their knees while lifting the faithful up. “The bows of the mighty are broken, and those who stumbled are girded with strength” (1 Samuel 2:3). May we ever be careful of boasting, especially of boasting in our own accomplishments or power. God can quickly reverse one’s blessings!

There is also in Hannah’s prayer some Messianic nuances. “The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and brings up” (1 Samuel 2:6). Indeed, though “it is appointed for men to die once” (Hebrews 9:27), we are assured that “the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth” (John 5:28-29).

God answers prayer; let us be thankful as He does and look forward to the fulfillment of the promise of the resurrection!

The Life of a Godly Mother

1 Samuel 1-2

I. FAITHFUL IN THE MIDST OF DESPAIR

    A. Instead of running from God, we should run to God when faced with struggles in life (1 Samuel 1:3-7)
    B. The Scriptural challenge to remain faithful (1 Corinthians 16:13; Galatians 6:9; Ephesians 6:13; Hebrews 10:23; Revelation 2:10)
    C. Faithfulness will not be forgotten by God (1 Corinthians 15:58)

II. BELIEF IN THE POWER OF PRAYER

    A. When faced with a struggle beyond her ability to solve (1 Samuel 1:9-16)
    B. Blessings from prayer (Matthew 7:7-11; 21:22; James 1:5-8)
    C. According to His will (1 John 5:14-15)

III. KEEPING PROMISES TO THE LORD

    A. Hannah kept her word (1 Samuel 1:11,19-28)
    B. Stern warning against broken promises (Ecclesiastes 5:1-5)
    C. Recognition of God’s power (1 Samuel 2:1-10)