Date: March 13
Category: Godly Character
1 Samuel 2:30
"Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, says, I did promise that your house and that of your father [forefather Aaron] should go in and out before Me forever. But now the Lord says, Be it far from Me. For those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed."
This is a word of God to Eli, the priest. Eli had two sons who were wicked in the Lord's sight. It says in verse 12, "The sons of Eli were base and worthless; they did not know or regard the Lord." So Eli's sons had no interest in the Lord. They despised God's sacrifices. They would take the portions that belonged to the Lord and eat them. In addition to that, they had sex with the maids in the temple.
Even though, their father was a priest, they didn't care about God. That just goes to show that children have to make their own decisions in life regardless of who the parents are, what the parents do, or what decisions the parents make. In this case, Eli's children made bad choices. But Eli didn't do anything about it. He didn't punish them; he didn't stop them. Eli did nothing.
God said to Eli in this verse, "I did promise that your house and that of your father [forefather Aaron] should go in and out before Me forever…" In other words, God promised Eli that his house would become priests and the generations after him would become priests. But then we read, "But now the Lord says, Be it far from Me. For those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed." So God will only honor those who honor Him. In this case, Eli's son dishonored God and because Eli did nothing to stop his sons, he too was dishonoring God.
Then we read in verse 31, "Behold, the time is coming when I will cut off your strength and the strength of your own father's house, that there shall not be an old man in your house." So even though God promised Eli that he and his descendents would be priests unto Him, God cut Eli off along with his entire house because they dishonored Him. Because Eli did nothing to stop his sons, he wasn't completely honoring the Lord himself. As a result, God cut them all off.
In 2 Chronicles 7:14 we read, "If My people, who are called by My name shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear them from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land."
It clearly says here that the people of God have to seek Him. The word "seek" in Hebrew means to exert energy, meaning to seek God to the point of sweating. We have to seek God with all of our hearts and minds. We have to put our time, our energy, and our best effort into seeking God. That's how we honor Him. We honor Him by seeking Him and doing His Word.
But if we despise God, if we choose to live our own ways not acknowledging God, then He will cut us off. He will withhold His blessing from us. He will take away His promises. The unhappiest people in the world are those who are called by God's name but are disobedient, those who are walking their own ways apart from the Lord. They are most miserable people. It would have been better never to have accepted Christ. That's why we, as His people, should live according to His Word. Remember: God only honors those who honor Him. So let's honor Him today by doing what the Word of God says.