Weigh Life on God’s Scales – Part 1
“Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the Lord is a God who knows...” (1 Samuel 2:3a NIV)
Hannah was a godly woman who was misunderstood and criticized. Her husband’s second wife, Peninnah, made fun of her and drove her to tears because Hannah had no children, and Eli the high priest thought she was drunk. She was in the ranks with other believers who were misunderstood and criticized, such as Joseph, David, Jeremiah, Paul, and even our Lord Jesus Christ. (He was even accused of being in league with Satan!) But the Lord heard Hannah’s prayers and gave her a son whom she named Samuel and dedicated to God to serve in the tabernacle. Samuel became one of the spiritual giants in the Old Testament. These words from Hannah’s joyful song of praise will encourage us when people misunderstand us and criticize us.
God knows the truth. He knows what other people think and say, and he also knows what you think and say (Psalm 139:1-6). He knows what is in every heart (Acts 1:24). “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13). We don’t even know our own hearts (Jeremiah 17:9)! Peter thought he was ready to die for the Lord, only to discover that he was about to deny him three times. When people lie about you, you can be sure your heavenly Father knows the truth and one day will settle accounts.
God weighs people and their actions. Evangelist D. L. Moody used to say that converts should be weighed as well as counted, and our Lord does weigh people and what they say and do. “Surely men of low degree are a vapor, men of high degree a lie; if they are weighed on the scales, they are altogether lighter than vapor” (Psalm 62:9). “‘Vanity of vanities,’ says the Preacher; ‘vanity of vanities, all is vanity’” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). Solomon used the Hebrew word hevel thirty-eight times in Ecclesiastes, and it’s translated “vanity, emptiness, futility.” Life in the will of God is solid and satisfying, but life outside his will is empty and meaningless.
To be continued…
-Warren Wiersbe (excerpted from the devotional book Old Testament Words for Today)
Read 1 Samuel 2:1-3.