And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision. And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see; And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.
(1 Samuel 3:1-4)
(1 Samuel 3:1-4)
Today's Morsel: When we look at the instructions that God gave to Moses, Aaron, and his sons, they were told to never let the lights go out in the temple, nor the fire in the altar ( Exodus 27:20-21; Leviticus 24:1-4). But we see that Eli allowed the lights to go out. As I read this passage, I asked myself if he allowed burnout to take place in his life so that he no longer considered the things of the church as important. Or did he see a lack of commitment on the peoples' part and he lost focus on what he had been called to do. When the apostle Paul calls believers the temple of the Holy Ghost, he is relating us to the temple of God, and giving us warning as to how we are to care for the temple the same way the priest of old were to do. Eli, by allowing the lights to go out in the temple, should be a wake-up call to each of us that we must stay focused on the things that God has asked us to do so that we do not allow the lights of our spiritual temples to go out.
Sing: Whoso offerth praise glorifieth Me; Whoso offerth praise glorifieth Me, and to him that ordereth his conversation aright, will I show the salvation of God.
Thought for Today: Keep the light on in the light house.