// Read: I Samuel 3:10-18 //
10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
11 And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle. 12 At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family—from beginning to end. 13 For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God,[a] and he failed to restrain them. 14 Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’”
15 Samuel lay down until morning and then opened the doors of the house of the Lord. He was afraid to tell Eli the vision, 16 but Eli called him and said, “Samuel, my son.”
Samuel answered, “Here I am.”
17 “What was it he said to you?” Eli asked. “Do not hide it from me. May God deal with you, be it ever so severely, if you hide from me anything he told you.” 18 So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, “He is the Lord; let him do what is good in his eyes.”
Eli, a priest of God refused to hearken to the warnings of God about his children. God sent messages to him many times to correct his children but he honoured them more than God. In fact God had to bypass him to talk Samuel, a child, who till then did not know His voice, yet he did not do anything. He said, “He is God, let him do what is good in His eyes”. He lost the priesthood and became a cursed lineage! It is very important to have a correct knowledge of God and relate with Him with reference.
PRAYER: Pray for grace to relate with God with all reference.