Don’t Stop Doing What You Know is Right!
Scripture references: 1 Samuel 2:12, 17,25, 3:18… Proverbs 22:6, Galatians 6:9
Eli’s sons are living less-than-desirable lives, and they have thus far refused to heed their father’s warning to repent (2:25). Eli was warned twice that destruction would come to his household because of the sins of his sons, but what we see is not the image of a father that continually beckons his sons to change-instead, Eli seems to just “give up” on his sons. In 1Samuel 3:18, after hearing what the Lord said to Samuel about the impending doom of his household, Eli seems to “give up” because he says, “It is the Lord. Let Him do what seems good to Him.” Instead of rising to the occasion to continue to try to “win” his sons to the Lord, Eli takes on a very passive role.
Look at 1 Samuel 3:13:
“13 And I declare to him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them.”
We see in this verse that the Lord Himself is “calling Eli on the carpet” and saying that Eli was not restraining his sons, thereby not fulfilling his Biblical role to shepherd his own.
So, what’s the point?
Do not give up! Whether it is a child, another family member, or a friend that you are trying to lead to the Lord or train in the ways of the Lord [AND WE ALL SHOULD BE DOING ONE OF THESE ON AN ON-GOING BASIS!!], do not give up! Proverbs 22:6 gives us the promise that if we do not give up on those whom we are responsible for to train in the fear and admonition of the Lord, then they will remain in His ways:
Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6) [****see also Galatians 6:9]
Even when the situation looks bleak, and without hope, carry on, and trust that God will be faithful to you and to the promises He has provided to us all in His Word. God’s love, flowing CONTINUALLY through us will draw them ever closer to the family of the redeemed!