Grace and peace be unto you.
The journey continues…
God’s love is everlasting, his grace and mercy have no end (Psalm 107:1), but his patience with us will end one day. Scripture says that Eli’s sons, Hophni and Phineas’ behavior greatly displeased the Lord. They ate the best portions of the sacrifices that belong to the Lord and slept with the women who served in the sanctuary. Eli heard about their conduct and rebuked them, however they did not listen to him (1 Samuel 2:12-17; 22-25). Sadly, Eli took no further action to curtail their behavior and the blatant disregard for the Lord continued. The writer of Ecclesiastes wrote, “…Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind (Ecclesiastes 12:13).
God sent a message to Eli
Finally, God had enough contempt from Eli’s sons and sent a prophet to give Eli a message. The prophet reminded him that he was chosen to be a priest and God was good to him. Yet still, he showed disdain for the burnt offerings and honored his sons above the Lord. The prophet informed him that all his descendants would die in the prime of their life and his two sons would die on the same day (1 Samuel 2: 27-36). Not long afterwards, the Word of the Lord was fulfilled. Eli’s sons died in a battle and when Eli heard the news, he fell backward from his chair, broke his neck and died (1 Samuel 4). God’s tolerance of sin does not last forever.
God is always unhappy with our ungodly conduct and encourages us to repent, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Unfortunately, there are instances such as Eli’s in which confession of sin is not done, the sin continues, and God administers punishment. Even so, because of his great love, he explains the reason for his displeasure and diligently outlines the consequences.
God’s message to you
You are engaging in activities that displease the Lord. He has spoken to you privately, whether through his Word or your conscience. He has warned you publicly, through sermons, songs, conversations with friends and family members, or articles that you read, but your inappropriate conduct continues. God has not blinded you to the truth, you simply refuse to repent and return to him.
In the midst of your disrespect for God, you are asking him for blessings in abundance and to enlarge your territory. Why do you think he should give you more blessings? What do you plan to do with them? God’s blessings should be used to help others and bring glory to him. If you are not living a life that is pleasing to him, with the blessings he has already given to you, why do you think he will give you more blessings? You have not proven yourself to be faithful with the ones he has given you, and so he cannot trust you with more, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much (Luke 16:10). God will answer your prayers when you start obeying him, “This is what the Lord Almighty says, Give careful thought to your ways” (Haggai 1:7).
God is tired of you professing to be his disciple while doing your evil deeds. His patience is coming to an end and he is about to administer discipline. Nevertheless, you have another chance to repent and make it right with him. Scripture says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Psalm 51:17). Do not wait until it is too late, humble yourself and talk to God today.