Our moment to Be still…to Be fed by the Word of God…to Be grateful.
Scripture reference: James 1:25 (ESV)
Today, I am mindful of the cost of not taking action when necessary. We’re all familiar with those situations that are so bad, you wish they would just go away. When they don’t, we have a choice: we can either take action, or hope that things will improve on their own. I’m all too familiar with these types of decisions because if we fail to make them, it usually means that the stakes are really high.
I think that was what Eli in First Samuel was feeling. Eli was a really good man, but he had one pain point that he refused to address. He refused to risk disciplining his sons to the extent that they really needed it. I liken it to a ball rolling down a hill that ultimately gains speed. Eli’s sons’ actions over time became more and more dishonorable. Although, Eli refused to heed God’s warnings and things only escalated to a point where he could not clean up his sons’ mess, so God did. As a consequence, Eli didn’t realize his life’s vision.
I can relate to Eli, because I have been Eli. I have learned that not taking action when I should have only cast a shadow on my authenticity. The words that I have come to understand more are, “But the one who perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, shall be blessed in his doing.” James 1:25 (ESV)
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So today, even when the stakes are high, let’s not let that ball gain speed.