Daily Bible Reading “Eli Surrenders to God’s Will” (1 Samuel 3:12-21)

Eli Surrenders to God’s Will

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 1 Samuel 3:12-21.
The LORD spoke to Samuel and said He was going to perform all the things against Eli and his family which Eli had been warned about. God was going to bring judgment upon Eli’s family because of his son’s rebellion, which Eli didn’t restrain.

The LORD said that the sins of Eli’s family couldn’t be purged with sacrifice or offering. Can you imagine how Samuel felt when the LORD revealed His plans?

Samuel rose early the next morning and opened the doors to the house of the LORD. Samuel was afraid to tell Eli what the LORD revealed to him. Eli called Samuel and asked him what the LORD told him.

Even though Samuel was afraid, Eli left him no choice but to tell him what the LORD said. So Samuel told Eli everything. I’m sure Eli was distraught and concerned for his family, but he surrendered his will to the LORD by saying, “Let the LORD’S will be done.”

As Samuel grew, the LORD was with him and everyone in Israel knew that he was destined to be a prophet. Samuel had a close relationship with the LORD. The LORD revealed himself to Samuel again in Shiloh.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

1 Samuel 3:12-21

12 In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end.
13 For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.
14 And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever.
15 And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision.
16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I.
17 And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee.
18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good.
19 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.
20 And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the LORD.
21 And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh: for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD.

Things to think about:

  • How did Samuel feel when the LORD told him of His plans?
  • How did Eli coax Samuel into telling him the truth?
  • What was Eli’s response to what the LORD told Samuel?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this Scripture in 1 Samuel. Our hearts are saddened as we hear of the fate of Eli’s family. Please guard our families from sin. Help us to live lives according to Your will. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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