Samuel was one of the great prophets of old, known for all kinds of signs, miracles, and wonders. But towards the end of his tenure, he allowed his sons to judge regions of Israel as well. Because of their thievery, partiality, and overall wickedness, the people of Israel were even more provoked to demand that they be given a king like all other nations around them.
Though Samuel was an amazing prophet and judge towards Israel, it’s highly probable that he neglected the most important ministry he had been called to, his family. Though Samuel did better than Eli, whose sons actually died from their disobedience, their actions affected the nation and the known world for generations to come.
God, help us to effectively disciple, exhort, and rear our children for your Kingdom’s sake. Let us not sacrifice our families on the altar of public ministry or our jobs/obligations due to us being overly busy. Help us to learn from Samuel and Eli. Let not our neglect bring about more evil opposition and difficulty in the future. Though we may not have seen it before, guide us in rearing and sharpening our arrows effectively so that they will be vessels of God used to bring about many victories and God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven.
The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Abijah, and they served at Beersheba.
But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.
So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.
They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.”
1st Samuel 8:2-5