Scripture: 1 Samuel 4:11-22
“The thief cometh…to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” John 10:10 (KJV)
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Eli was a minister and priest of God at Shiloh. He served the Lord faithfully but failed to raise his two sons to fear the Lord. Hophni and Phinehas were living carelessly and sinfully. They were so far gone in their evil ways that they would not hearken to their father’s warnings (1 Sam 2:23-25).
The bible describes these two young men as sons of ‘Belial’ or sons of the devil (1 Sam 2:12). In just one day, the two young men died in battle against the Philistines and the Ark of the Covenant was captured same day. Eli heard the bad news and died on the spot. The same day, the pregnant wife of Phinehas died after childbirth. One bad news chased after another.
How should a child of God react to bad news? We cannot afford to become despondent and throw up our hands in surrender to the devil; the thief and destroy (Jn. 10:10a). Whether the reason for the challenges he brings our way is a product of sin or disobedience or not. What you should do during challenging times is run to God. Use your faith in God to counter the report and activities of the enemy. Job used this strategy and for every loss, God returned double to him. Do not give in, stand your ground and fight the good fight of faith and God will turn that situation in your favour. This is his promise to you (Jn. 10:10b).
Reflection: What kind of adversities can my faith withstand?
Lord, I come against every evil report and I overcome every evil against me with good in Jesus name, Amen.
Jesus has come to give me abundant life. I set myself up for good report.