“Those who honor me, I will honor” 1 Samuel 2:30.
Those were the words of a man of God concerning Eli and Eli’s sons. Eli and his sons had disdained and dishonored the call of God on their lives. They used the sacrifices given by the people of Israel for themselves. Actually, Eli’s sons were the real culprits. Eli was the willing accomplice.
God had chosen Eli’s ancestors to serve God as priests, but their blasphemy cut them off from the favor of God. This is what God said about Eli and his house: “Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling? . . . Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: I promised that your house and your father’s house would minister before me forever. But now the Lord declares: Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained. The time is coming when I will cut short your strength and the strength of your father’s house. . . .(1 Samuel 2:29-31). To get the full story read 1 Samuel 2: 12-3:21 (with particular emphasis on 2:12-36).
Jen Floyd Engel, a sports columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, wrote a wonderful article about Tim Tebow using these verses and the story about Eric Liddell from Chariots of Fire. She basically predicted that Tim Tebow would lead the Denver Broncos to victory yesterday. Though the Broncos are one of the worst teams in the National Football League, they won in overtime. Jen Engel said that though Tebow has been dismissed as a failure by the experts, his drive and his faith make him special. He was special yesterday, and he is particularly special because he lives his faith. He honors God. That’s what sets him apart.
No one knows how Tim Tebow’s career in football will turn out, but his faith is refreshing and real.
What would be said of you? Do you honor God? Have you put yourself in a place where God will honor you? Can anything be more important than having God’s favor?
These are questions that matter.
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