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Keeping Our Priorities Proper

Why do you kick at My sacrifice and My offering which I have commanded in My dwelling place, and honor your sons more than Me, to make yourselves fat with the best of all the offerings of Israel My people?’ 1 Samuel 2:29 (NKJV)

Have you ever found yourself loving something too much?  It can be just about anything, such as a job, a hobby, a car, a sport, a pet, a spouse, or even a child.  It almost sounds ridiculous but it happens.

Q: How can we love something too much?

We love something too much when we give it a greater place within our hearts than God.  It is when we allow the object of our love to dictate our actions, even when these actions are not in God’s will. 

Such was the case with the Prophet Eli.  Eli had two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, who were both Levitical priests who served in God’s Temple.  I guess you could say Hophni and Phinehas were a couple of “P.K.’s” (Prophet’s kids), who found themselves in ministry, even though their heart was not committed unto the Lord.  These two boys chose to “kick” (show contempt) at the sacrifices being brought unto the Lord by the people. 

Hophni and Phinehas would take extra portions of cooked and uncooked meat — they wanted their portion, and more, even before God was to receive His portion.  Now their father Eli knew they were doing this, and rather than taking any strong disciplinary action when he became aware of it, he allowed it.  Eli demonstrated his love was greater for his children than his love for God.  In doing so, Eli demonstrated he was unworthy of the Lord’s continued blessing.  We see Jesus speaking of this same principle in the Book of Matthew.

He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. Matthew 10:37 (NKJV)

Q: What can we learn from this?

We should never love any person, object, career, or pastime, etc. more than God, or allow these things to cause us to disobey His Word. Nor should we take what is rightfully God’s and use it for our own selfish desires.  God has given us everything we have, and we should be willing to give Him our firstfruits of every good gift we have received. 

Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty, Proverbs 3:9-10 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Make God your first love, and choose to obey His Word.  Make it a priority to honor God with your possessions and with the firstfruits of all your increase. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn with respect to loving others more than God, and about how we use what has been entrusted to us by Him?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is there anyone, or anything you love more than God?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to use your firstfruits for kingdom purposes by tithing and giving to those in need.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for teaching us through this story of Eli, Hophni, and Phinehas.  Help me to see where I may love something more than You, or where I may be compromising. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott



Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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