“Those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.” 1 Samuel 2:30
This is part of an unnamed prophet’s message to Eli when he honored his sons above God. Eli had indeed reproved them, saying, “Why do you do such things? For I hear of your evil dealings from all the people,” but Eli did not exert his authority in punishing his sons as they deserved when they slighted his reproof. This was accounted by God as winking at their sin. Therefore, God told Eli, by this unnamed prophet, that Hophni and Phinehas, because they had sinned together, should die together, and his posterity would be cut off from the high priesthood.
Eli was not much affected by his prophecy until the threatening was repeated by Samuel, an artless child, who did not know the voice of the Lord until Eli instructed him. It appeared then much more terrible than from the mouth of the prophet and led him humbly to acknowledge the justice of God and to submit to the sentence with a truly penitent heart.
This is written for our admonition. Are we valiant for the truth? Parents, let this be a warning to you to train up your children in the fear of the Lord; for if you do not, those children will be thorns and briers to you and will sorely wound you.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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Do not be anxious about anything. (Phil 4:6)
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control. Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19. As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.”
Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it: Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live: Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.
God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble. When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19
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When leaving a tract, always be diligent to pray about the short gospel message. Pray that it be found by someone who is in need of Jesus’ saving grace, and pray that the person will have a tender heart and open ears to receive the gift Jesus desires to give them.
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