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1 Samuel 2:3

Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.

 

Hannah had wanted a child in the worst way and year by year as she had gone to the house of the LORD to pray, she had agonized and besought the LORD for a child. Eli, the priest at the time, had misunderstood Hannah’s prayer and accused her of being drunk on wine. How could a priest, if they were in relationship with and communing with the LORD, misunderstand prayer for drunkenness? How devastating is it when the pastor passes judgment on someone and in reality they are sincerely seeking the LORD?

After Samuel was born and weaned Hannah went back to the Temple to worship and present Samuel to the LORD. As she was praying and expressing her joy in the LORD for answering her prayer and giving her a child, the Spirit of the LORD begin to speak through her for the benefit of Eli the priest. The Spirt of the LORD was still dealing with Eli although eventually he died without any record of ever having learned to discern that class of prayer present in a worshipper. After he died his daughter-in-law gave birth to a child and named that child Ichabod, which means, the glory is departed from Israel. The child was named Ichabod because the glory of the LORD had in fact departed from Israel due to Eli’s lack of relationship with the LORD.

Jesus Christ is the only just judge and all judgment has been given to Him.

How dangerous it is when we can not properly hear and we misjudge others because of all the proud talk coming out of our mouth! So many words pour out of the mouth of human beings and the vast majority are words of pride because we are so certain we have the answer. Our proud words interfere with our ability to hear and properly discern the things of God.

Blessed Jesus please heal our proud mouths and help us to hear you.

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