So the Philistines fought, and the Israelites were defeated and every man fled to his tent. The slaughter was very great; Israel lost thirty thousand foot soldiers. The ark of God was captured, and Eli’s two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, died. – 1 Sam 4:10-11
What happens when we let sin run rampant in our midst? Well God disciplines His people. Here we have the two sons of Eli running a muck in the temple, spitting in the face of God’s sacrifice and no one has done anything to prevent them from being so foolish. So, God withdraws His hand of protection on Israel and allows them to be disciplined by the Philistines, even to the point where they are allowed to take the Ark, removing God’s presence from them.
I don’t know about you but that is a pretty big slap in the face. When God doesn’t even want to be around you anymore, wow. Sin causes so many waves in the lives of people and yet we continue to ignore it, even in our own congregations because we are afraid of what men might think.
What if I confront them and they decide to leave? Do I really know what’s going on? I don’t want to judge someone? All questions I have herd and answered for people. When we see sin in the congregation, we have to deal with it. When we see sin in our lives we must do the same. We must repent, lest God remove His hand of protection from us.
I always want my God near me, I always want His comfort and joy to be present, but if I am rebellious in my sin, then I am moving away from Him and He from me. He will not force His people to stay where they do not want to be. So for me and my house, we will repent when sin is near and we will squash out that which seeks to take us from His light and glory.
God Bless and Be Near You,