Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that your house and the house of your father should go in and out before me forever,’ but now the Lord declares: ‘Far be it from me, for those who honor me I will honor, and those who despise me shall be lightly esteemed.” (1 Samuel 2:30 ESV)
Biblical knowledge- both OT and NT are important, deepens understanding of our past, present, and future. Good and evil are constant in our midst. There is an underlying gravitational pull towards sin, countered only by our knowledge of God’s Word. If we want to please The Lord, then we acknowledge The Holy Spirit’s convicting power, and turn from Biblically defined, sin. Those who honor God, He will honor. Those who despise God, He will lightly esteem.
Today’s Scripture, is a story concerning Eli and his two sons. Eli was a priest, and all priest came for the tribe of Levi. Eli’s sons were wicked, showing no regard to God. Much like many we see in our culture. One of many great reasons for the Kansas City Chiefs to win the Super Bowl- no one will disrespect our President while visiting the White House. No one took a knee to disrespect our country. For the most part- this seems like a very God honoring team from owners to every player. Think this had any impact on their season? Yes!
Does honor shown to God impact our lives? Yes. When we follow God’s commands, He calls us- friend. When God sees we are trustworthy will little, He will trust us with much. Taking step by step- Biblical knowledge, understanding, and wisdom gained all work together to see us mature. Spiritual maturity, our focus is centered on God’s Will- His holiness and righteousness. We no longer have to work on removing careless words- we know we are judged and will avoid to keep from being a stumbling block. Same for other areas as well.
As we start a new week, new month; let’s be motivated to honor God in all we do. The devil has lied to so many- fun in this world is nothing compared to God’s Will and straight alignment with God’s very best for us. Will there be a revival since the Chiefs won? No one really knows, yet, with an entire team honoring God, we never know!