“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” (1 Samuel 3:18).TEXT — 1 Samuel 3:15-21
Martin Luther Jr once said, “A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true”. People who should speak and act the truth, but refuse are cowards. Regardless of its repercussion, nothing compares with the truth.
Bewildered by a divine revelation against his master, Eli, young Samuel pondered on the weight of the message of the revelation and the challenge of relaying it to him. Sensing that the message was important, Eli resorted to threatening Samuel to relay it fully and faithfully. Despite the bewilderment, Samuel relayed God’s message to Eli and his house without missing a thread. Though an unpleasant message with a colouration of judgment, yet the young Samuel “told him every whit” of what God had determined against his house. On his part, Eli did not pray to God or restrain his children from their evil conducts. He merely accepted God’s verdict.
We live in an age when many no longer hear from God. Many who claim to hear from Him or know the truth shy away from declaring the whole counsel of God to the world. Our society today is full of men and women who profess to love God and know the truth, but fail to denounce sinful practices.
As believers, we must declare the whole truth, not minding whether it touches the “masters” or the “revered”. In times like this, keeping silent in the face of flagrant disobedience to God’s word and disregard of Christ’s provision for salvation is dangerous for sinners and believers alike.
Thought for the day
Only the truth of God’s word truly sets free.
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- JOB 6 – 10