Do you know what to do when God has a problem with you?
Hi I’m Christin Ditchfield with Take It To Heart!
In 1 Samuel, the High Priest, Eli, receives a word of judgment from the Lord. Eli’s sons have turned the Temple into a brothel; they engage in every kind of wickedness. Eli has known about it and made no attempt to restrain them. Now because of their sin and Eli’s failure to correct them, God says that both sons will be killed on the same day. That none of their descendants will ever live to be old men. Every one will die tragically in the prime of life. The family will be destroyed.
In response to the prophecy, Eli says, [Well] He is the Lord; let Him do what is good in His eyes.”
You can almost feel him shrug his shoulders there. Que sera sera. Can you believe that? How many times in the Old Testament did God warn people of His impending judgment – and how did they typically respond? The Children of Israel, the people of Ninevah, Moses, David… Even King Ahab – one of Israel’s most evil kings – he knew what to do. He fell on his face before God. He tore his clothes, wore sackcloth and ashes. He repented with tears. And what did God do? He spared him.
When people repent, God relents. When they ask for His forgiveness, He gives it. Sometimes He takes away the consequences of our sin completely. Other times He tenderly softens the blow.
As the High Priest, Eli surely should have known the merciful nature of God. By refusing to humble himself and repent, he missed his chance to be reconciled to God and avert the destruction of his family.
Let’s not make the same mistake in our lives. When we’re convicted of sin let us repent. Instead of running from God, let us run to Him, finding mercy and grace to help us in our time of need.