Seek good and live (2)

With Rev Canon Chinemerem Uche

Now the sons of Eli were scoundrels who had no respect for the LORD or for their duties as priests. Whenever anyone offered a sacrifice, Eli’s sons would send over a servant with a three-pronged fork. While the meat of the sacrificed animal was still boiling,  the servant would stick the fork into the pot and demand that whatever it brought up be given to Eli’s sons. All the Israelites who came to worship at Shiloh were treated this way.  Sometimes the servant would come even before the animal’s fat had been burned on the altar. He would demand raw meat before it had been boiled so that it could be used for roasting. The man offering the sacrifice might reply, “Take as much as you want, but the fat must be burned first.” Then the servant would demand, “No, give it to me now, or I’ll take it by force.”  So the sin of these young men was very serious in the Lord’s sight, for they treated the Lord’s offerings with contempt.” -1 Sam 2:12-17.
Many of today are like the sons of Eli.  We treat the Lord with contempt.  What does it mean to treat the lord with contempt? In our local parlance, we often say, “E nwegh ihe ge me, nothing mega? This is a way to say, “Forget, it, the law cannot do anything to us!” “We are the law and we decide what would happen?”  Some people look at God with the intention that He cannot do anything and that they can do anything they like and get away with it.  This was how the sons of Eli lived.  They enjoyed the privileges offered by the priesthood as ordained by God as if there was no God or as if the Lord was absolutely incapable of doing anything against their sinful lives.  Despite repeated warnings, they continued in their wickedness but one day the “D” day came, the day of reckoning came and they could do nothing about it.  There are times we can do something about our lives but it cannot be on the “D” day. God has set aside every other day for us to remedy our fallen lives but the “D” day cannot accommodate your repentance from sin and that is why Amos 5:14 says, “Seek good not evil that you may live.” In another place he calls upon us “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts” -Heb 3:7. Yet in another place the Lord calls out to us: “Now is the time of God’s favour, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Cor 6:2).
Because the sons of Eli were obstinate, they refused to listen to the opportunities to seek good and live, they met a tragic end: “…the Philistines fought desperately, and Israel was defeated again. The slaughter was great; 30,000 Israelite soldiers died that day. The survivors turned and fled to their tents. The Ark of God was captured, and Hophni and Phineas, the two sons of Eli, were killed.” – 1 Sam 4:10-11. Yours truly wrote in his first literary publication that the lion that prowls and rules the forest has his days already numbered.  We cannot be strong forever no matter how stupendously rich and connected we are, there is a day in which the Lord the maker of the heaven and earth will manifest his might.  If we are in His good book, His manifestation will be to our transformation but if we fail, we shall likewise perish like the sons of Eli!  God is waiting for you to be made manifest, not as a vagabond but as a son of glory because the Bible says that all creations wait in eager expectation for the manifestation of the sons of glory! (Romans 8:19).
For the case of Samson, we see a man highly favoured and endowed misuse the opportunity the Lord has given him.  Maybe there were his mates who envied him and wished the possessed the power he possessed.  Despite this divine endowment he abused the power entrusted into his hands.  He was lost in pleasure!  In our local parlance, Samson was a man of Ngwori!  Many of us are misusing opportunities and I still wonder why it seems as if those with opportunities are the ones who lack ideas and innovative spirit.  I still wonder why those who have living ideas and innovative spirits lack opportunities.  No!  Let me say that those who love the Lord and seek him to do good can never lack ideas, they can ever lack opportunities and they are always the ones to maximize opportunities.
Power and wealth can make us live in carelessness and dangerous assumption.  After Samson had saturated himself in theatrical exhibition of power sin and sexual squandamania, he sensed danger and his rush to defend himself was tragic and dramatic:  “Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him.” (Judg 16:20). Seek good and live before it is too late because the day of the Lord Jesus, the “D” day draweth ear!
George Best Okoroh <> To Nov 23 at 1:57 PM

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