There isn’t a lot written about Eli but we know that at some point he had to be a man who reverenced God. After all, we know as part of the priesthood he taught the ways of God and the importance of sacrifices and offerings as a way to honor God. We know he lived in God’s house for quite some time.
We also know that during his tenure the messages from the LORD were rare and visions quite uncommon. Plain and simple - God didn’t speak much.
So what happened? Why did Eli allow sin and rebellion in the house of God? Why did he allow this to perpetuate in God’s house through his own flesh and blood?
Maybe Eli was like my cell phone. He forgot he needed to daily ‘plug in’ to the Word of God. Maybe after some time Eli tried to operate in the same power day after day after day after day. Maybe he tried to walk out his calling in his own strength, and after a while he ignored the low battery warning sign. The signal letting him know his life was no good without The SOURCE. The STRENGTH.
Even though there isn’t much written about Eli, per se, there are some powerful messages in what is written about his life. One message: Stay connected to the Vine. Stay plugged in daily. Heed the warnings. The SOURCE is vital to life.
Be Strengthened and Encouraged in HIM,
I am the Vine; you are the branches. If you remain in ME and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from ME you can do nothing. John 15:5 NIV
To meditate on Scripture is to allow the truth of God’s Word to move from head to heart. It is to so dwell upon a truth that it becomes part of our being. Greg Oden