Our mid-week Bible study is currently studying 1 Samuel. The approach is by personages, not topical. Today we looked at Eli and his sons Hophni and Phinehas. Eli’s sons did not know the Lord. They failed to obey and teach the Mosaic law to the children of Israel. This caused the children of Israel to transgress. For their failure to obey, God took the lives of Hophni and Phinehas.
Obedience to God and His word is vital for victory over Satan. Psalm 1 gives characteristics of the Godly and the ungodly. It comes down to life versus death.
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
“4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. (Psalm 1:1-6)”
We have a choice to make. Do we obey the Bible by reading, meditating, executing its commands or not? Every decision in life comes with a set of consequences. Some good, some bad. Obedience results in a blessing. Disobedience results in a curse.
The way to be successful in life is to obey God continually!
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001