Read 1 Samuel 2:12-26
Eli’s sons were corrupt and did not know the Lord. They took more than their appointed portions of the sacrificed meat. They even threatened those who brought offerings to the Lord. They trampled on God’s ways. Their sin was great before the Lord.
But Samuel ministered before the Lord, even as a child. His mother made him a robe and brought it each year when they came to sacrifice. Eli would bless Elkanah and Hannah, Samuel’s parents.
The Lord visited Hannah and she had three more sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, Samuel grew before the Lord.
Eli was growing old. He heard all his sons did to the Israelites. He knew about how they lay with women assembled at the door of the tabernacle. Eli asked his sons why they made the Lord’s people transgress. If one man sins against another, God will judge. If a man sins against the Lord, who will intercede for him? But his sons did not heed their father.
And Samuel grew in stature and favor both with the Lord and men. There are many things in this section of scripture that remind us to avoid. For example, treating God’s way as unimportant or non-existent will lead to ungodly behavior. Not listening to your father’s warnings will lead to unruly behavior as well. Seeking what’s best for yourself, without regard to others is just plain wrong. Taking advantage of others who are seeking the Lord is evil. Lastly, not dealing the problem early on, is also something we should avoid.
We also learn how God bless obedience through the lives of Elkanah, Hannah, and Samuel. Hannah was faithful to keep her promise to God. God gave her Samuel, she gave him back to God. God blesses Hannah abundantly with five more children. Elkanah is blessed seeing his wife happy with finally having children of her own. Samuel is blessed by his mother’s care for him. He is also blessed by God through his own obedience. Notice how it said Samuel grew in stature and favor both with the Lord and men? Samuel’s life was pleasing to God and thus favor followed.
By watching Samuel’s example we learn it is possible to live a godly life, even when we live with ungodly people. God will guide and bless our obedience.
What truths stand out to you? How does Samuel’s example provide a godly role model for you?
Lord, thank you for your gracious care and guidance. Thank you for your word so full of truth to teach us what is pleasing to you, to show us what to avoid and teach us about righteousness. In Jesus’ name we ask you to lead us on the path of right living. Amen.