FRIDAY October 5, 2018
“No, my sons! For it is not a good report that I hear. You make the LORD’s people transgress. If one man sins against another, God will judge him. But if a man sins against the LORD, who will intercede for him?” Nevertheless they did not heed the voice of their father, because the LORD desired to kill them.
1 Samuel 2:24-25
When anyone sins against another person, the situation can be resolved––God will judge. But when anyone sins against the LORD, who will intercede for them? Notice the seriousness of Eli’s sons’ sins, they would not listen to their father’s rebuke, and, worst still, they were far from listening to God. Judgment was coming––big time.
Eli should have done the right thing and removed his sons from their priestly positions in the tabernacle. Although he rebuked them, he did nothing to change the situation. He allowed them to continue to do whatever they wanted. Now God was going to remove them from the world. The situation would come to an end––they would die.
When I read what happened to Eli’s sons, it breaks my heart––it is so sad. His sons could have been used by the Lord, but they were killed by the LORD. It was a result of their father’s negligence. Think of how many homes today are messed up because the father has neglected to take the leadership of the home. The children are doing what they want to do. So many fathers fail in the area of spiritual leadership––sad.
Understand that when it comes time to disciplining your children, you still have to be loving, kind and moderate. Fathers need to be firm, but also give children the space to breathe. Talk to them and minister to them in love. Remember, there should be a balance when disciplining your children.
Rebellion, waywardness, lack of discipline, confusion, and conflict prevent happy relationships within the home. But God is interested in your family, your marriage, your children. He shows us the ideals and the goals for the family.