And he said, “It is the LORD. Let Him do what seems good to Him.” 1 Samuel 3:18b NKJV
Eli allowed wickedness in the temple of the Lord through his two sons. Eli allowed his pride in his two sons serving as priests to overshadow his duty to remove them. Because he only verbally rebuked them and then allowed their disobedience to continue, God passed judgment on the house of Eli. His line was wiped out. When Samuel told Eli of God’s judgment, the above verse was Eli’s response. Eli did not repent at that time or ever. His flippant attitude caused him to lose his life.
I had some close friends share their vacation details with me. Though they were able to travel to a number of locations, the two friends allowed miscommunication and misunderstanding to overshadow their trip. As they explained their trip and what went on, one of the friends admitted to an infraction with a similar attitude to Eli. He admitted he had done something wrong, but immediately downplayed it and tried to quantify it. He tried to make it sound like it was no big deal because he only did it ten times out of 100 opportunities. True repentance admits when one infraction occurs and does not try to downplay the act. God expects us to live a life with Him where we are quick to admit our faults and have true remorse over what we have done. Anytime we try to downplay what occurred, we are saying our pride is more important than our relationship with God or other people.
Unfortunately as human beings, we tend to easily fall into the trap of pride. God understands this and that is why He sent Jesus to atone for all our wrongdoing. God made things right, but true reconciliation with God requires us to humble ourselves (i.e. let go of pride) and admit fully our shortcomings. Pride can easily become a wall that prevents us from being in relationship with God. Allow God to expose the pride in your heart so you are able to humble yourself and repent. Live a life of repentance, so you can live a life of abundance with God!
A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor. Prov. 29:23 NKJV