ARE YOU GRATEFUL? 5

ARE YOU GRATEFUL? 5

Text: 1 Samuel 2:27-29
Memory verse:
”Whoever rewards evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house.“
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭17‬:‭13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Unthankfulness manifests in different ways. It can also unconsciously manifest in wicked behaviours towards God, that is, rewarding the good that God bestows with evil. These ungrateful people are evil rewarders (Prov 17:13).
According to our text, God bestowed so much honour on the house of Eli, to the house of his fathers and for his family. As His token of uncommon favour, God chose him and gave the priesthood to him and his family. He also gave him a share out of all offerings made by fire. They had more than enough meat. They were favoured and honoured above all the families of Israel!
Yet, Eli’s family didn’t appreciate the goodness of God nor return the kindness. Rather, his sons acted wickedly towards God, and Eli indulged them. The NAB translation puts it like this, “Now the sons of Eli were wicked; they had respect neither for the LORD”.
They treated the holy things of God as unholy, and after taking the portion which God had appointed for them, they forcefully took the fat for themselves, which God had reserved for Himself. Even though God gave them sufficient to feed them, Eli and his sons still made themselves fat with that which belonged to God.
Joseph also described such behaviour as wickedness. ”There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”“
(‭‭Gen‬ ‭39‬:‭9‬).
After David committed adultery and killed Uriah, God described his action as evil, despite all the good He did for him ‭‭(II Sam‬ ‭12‬:‭8‬-‭9‬).
How do people act wickedly towards God today? When you are not satisfied with what God has given you and then take that which God has reserved for Himself. For example, the first fruit of all your increase and the tithe of all (Lev 27:30; Neh 10:35; Rom 11: 16). When you treat holy things like your marriage, your body, the communion table, as common or as ordinary things, (Heb 10:29). In fact, God counts it as an insult to the Spirit of grace. Also, when you take that which belongs to another either by force or by fraud, even though you have your own, like in adultery, fornication, rape and child abuse (1 Thes 4:6).
Friends, it is not enough to say or sing that you are grateful. Do your actions or behaviours agree with your words?

Prayer points
1. Father, I sincerely repent of every way my actions/behaviours contradict my words or songs of gratitude in Jesus’ name.
2. Father, please help me never to forget your goodness to me and my family and to act wickedly, in Jesus’ name.

Today’s declarations
1. It is wickedness and ingratitude to take the tithes and first fruit that belongs to God.
2. Adultery, fornication, child abuse, and defilement of the body are signs of gross ingratitude.

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