In 1 Samuel 2, we read about how Eli’s sons were failing miserably at serving God. They didn’t follow the rules and instructions that God had laid out for them as priests. As people offered sacrifices to God, Eli’s sons treated them horribly. And it was no secret that the sons acted this way. Everyone knew – even Eli. It even says they had no respect for God!
In verse 18 it says, “In the midst of all this, Samuel, a boy dressed in a priestly linen tunic, served God.”
It had to be hard for Samuel. To look around and see his [should be] role models acting so poorly. To see them disrespecting God. To see all the bad things going on. He probably sometimes felt that he was the only one trying to serve God. Yet this didn’t phase Samuel. In the midst of all this, Samuel still served God.
There is a lot of evil in the world today. There are a lot of things that don’t make sense. There are a lot of bad things that happen to me, to family, to friends, to strangers that don’t make sense. Things that in my mind shouldn’t be happening. Questions are raised. My faith & hope are challenged when I hear about and see first hand the evil that is in the world.
In the midst of all of this, I can still serve God.
I know God has the master plan. I know nothing goes unnoticed under his watch. I know that one day, he will make everything right. Make everything how it should be. How it was supposed to be from the beginning, without sin. And until that day comes, no matter how many bad things I see & experience, in the midst of all of that, I will serve God.