In (1 Samuel Chapters 2-4) we see what happens in a father, son relationship when God’s men fail to obey him. The crux of the matter was God expected Eli who was a father and a priest to severely discipline his sons because they were sinful and wicked priest, but Eli didn’t go nearly far enough in dealing with the sins of his sons. He did not obey God fully. Thus, we see (2nd Samuel 2:29KJV) saying “Wherefore kick ye at my offering which I have commanded in my sons habitation; and honorest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people.
With that said, there are least four things we can learn when fathers fail to obey God. The first thing we can learn is: True men of God must put God’s will above their own: you see it wasn’t good enough for Eli simply to speak to his sons about their wrong doing, but it was even more important that he do what God expected him to do and that was remove his wicked sons from the priesthood because it was destroying the people and representing God in a very bad light. But yet he honored his sons and allowed them to continue to receive the blessings of the ministry even though they were in willful sin and disobedience.
Thus, the message that Eli was sending to God was that his kid’s happiness was more important than obeying God and men of God should be more concerned with being in right standing with God than to be sure that our kids are happy. There is nothing wrong with our kids being happy but not at the expense of jeopardizing our relationship with God.
We have to decide are we going to be fathers first or men of God first because if we are men of God first it will set everything else in order. We have to instruct and guide our children based upon how God would have us to lead with them. We have to let God show us how to parent. We have to let God show us how to raise our kids because if we do that it sets everything else in order. Eli was more worried about his kid’s happiness than he was with what God thought. Let’s be sure that as we are in this process of raising sons and daughters to be future husbands and wives, that in the raising of our kids we are putting God’s will above our own because if not it will cost you eventually.
God Bless You
Pastor Versal Mason