(1 Sam 2:12) “Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the Lord.”
Eli was a priest unto God, who had two wicked sons. We know they were wicked because the bible says they were sons of Belial, which is another name for Satan or the wicked one. They were also known to have sex with women in the tabernacle. Thus, the Lord expected Eli to straighten this situation out. However, he seemed to be unsuccessful in doing that, because the Lord eventually killed both his sons, and then told Eli “That he would raise up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in his heart and in his mind (1 Sam 2:35).” And saint’s this is what often happens to our sons and daughters when parents fail. When parents fail to obey God when it comes to dealing with their children; when parents fail to heed the word of the Lord coming from the man/woman of God (who cover you) concerning their children; when parents fail to discipline and communicate with their children at an early age, our children begin to fall through the cracks of life. Our children find themselves hanging out with the wrong people, doing things which they have no business doing, and following the Devil’s plan instead of the vision of God, which should come from the voice of the parents as long as they are under your roof. What often happens in many Christian households is we wait until they get about 16 to try to communicate or discipline, and by that time it’s way too late. We must train our kids to hear our voice and obey our voice when they are two, so when they get twenty-two they still respect and obey that voice. I don’t know exactly where Eli went wrong, but what I do know is that he didn’t go far enough for God when it came to dealing with his children. Child of God teach your children to hear your voice while they are young, so when they become older they will still hear the voice of God through you.
God Bless You.