FRIDAY September 28, 2018
Do You Know God?
Now the sons of Eli were corrupt; they did not know the Lord. And the priests’ custom with the people was that when any man offered a sacrifice, the priest’s servant would come with a three-pronged fleshhook in his hand while the meat was boiling.
1 Samuel 2:12-13
Notice how verse 12 gives to us an important insight into the spiritual condition of the priestly leadership and the nation of Israel. It will be very interesting, as we study 1 Samuel, to compare insights with what is going on in the Church and in America today. As a nation, we have sunk so deep into sin. We are living in a time when so many people do not know the Lord. Seriously, it is a time of apostasy.
How has the condition of the Church affected the nation? I believe it is time for the Church to repent and cry out to the Lord. But are we too spiritually blind to cry out to God? Christians cannot run towards the world and embrace sin. They must stop and make a stand for righteousness. There is far too much compromise with the world. As believers, we cannot do what we think is right in our own eyes.
Imagine what people must think. They will watch, hear and perceive what is happening in the Church, and they will make judgment. Jesus Christ said to the Church of Ephesus:
…I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works... (Revelation 2:4-5).
Examine the spiritual condition of your life. Where do you find yourself today? Have you sunk deep into sin? Is Christ no longer first in your life? Have you lost your first love? Then repent and turn back to the Lord.
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