Who Do You Honor? – TWC Daily Devotional 20150731

TWC – The Word Connects: Connecting you to God and to one another … 31 July 2015

The Lord said to Eli in 1Sam.2:29, “Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling? Why do you honour your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?” Eli knew about the sins of his sons and while he did rebuke them for it, he did not punish them nor stop them from oppressing the people, stealing meat from the people’s offering and sleeping with the women who served at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. And by so doing, Eli showed contempt for the Lord’s sacrifice and offering, preferring to please his sons more than honoring the Lord. As a result, the Lord took both his sons’ lives. We are all called to honor God (Jn.5:23). And if we honor God through serving Him and His purposes, God will honor us. Jesus said, “My Father will honour the one who serves me.” (Jn.12:26) Yet, we sometimes forget to honor God. Anytime we place something as more important than the Lord, everytime we give priority to other things and other people, we have not honored God. God and His pleasure must always be our top priority! Whenever we choose worldly pleasures over serving God, when our 24-hour day is given to only or mainly doing things that bring pleasure to ourselves, we have not honored God. Our desire as Christians should be to bring delight to God, and the way to do that is to put God first in everything. That includes taking time to read His Word and pray daily, live a holy life everyday, give attention to the people, things and activities that the Lord wants us to. That would primarily be our spouses, children and other family members, our work and our leisurely activities. We are to honor God and bring a godly influence into our relationships, jobs and activities. Without doing that, we are just having fun for ourselves. Whatever the Lord leads us to do, whoever He connects us with, there is always the element of sharing Christ with the people in those spheres of influence. We are to influence them, not let them influence us! This is because God’s heartbeat is the evangelization of the entire world and He accomplishes it through you and me. As you walk with God today, remember that you are called to honor and worship Him, glorify Him in your relationships, work and play, and as you do that, He will honor you and He will bless you and your family. Have a great day! 

Barnabas Chong

Today’s Bible Text: “29 Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling? Why do you honour your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?” (‭1Sam.2:29)‬

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Day 1

by Rev Joel Yong

Genesis 25:22 ESV
The children struggled together within her, and she said, If it is thus, why is this happening to me? So she went to inquire of the Lord.

Even before Esau and Jacob were born, their rivalry as nations began to be played out in their mother’s womb. God who knows us in intricate detail- knows our bodies and He knows our spirits as well. He already saw in Esau, a firstborn (usually a privileged position in biblical times) who would not cherish his blessing and who would struggle with delayed gratification and He saw the outcome of this weakness- Esau would end up serving his younger brother. And He saw it before Esau was born.

Genesis 25:34 ESV
Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

When Esau traded his birthright for a bowl of stew, this side of him, is unveiled to the reader. But it came as no surprise to Jacob – growing up with Esau, he knew what kind of a man his brother was. One who would trade privileges for immediate gratification. I find it hard to argue when God knows what I can do or what I can’t. If like a sports coach, He tells me to break the record, I think He knows what He’s talking about, and not stubbornly say I can’t (like Moses giving excuses at the burning bush) If He says no, you weren’t made for this – I want to obediently withdraw lest I risk damage to myself, in attempting to do something I wasn’t fashioned to attempt. I want to believe Lord, help my unbelief please.