1 Samuel 2:30 (NIV) “Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: ’I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.’ But now the LORD declares: ’Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.”
This conversation ensued between two friends after they returned from evangelism.
John, aren’t you surprised at her response? She spoke in tongues right there in the bar and even promised to prophesy if we’ll want to hear one. But she’s lived as a drunkard and prostitute for many years now. I don’t get this! I don’t understand at all!
Fred, the worst of it for me was her deep insight and understanding of the word of God. She quoted that “the gifts and calling of God are without repentance” and explained that “whatever God gives, He’ll never take away, that’s why Satan is still powerful today”.
John, I think she’s right, what do you think?
Many have refused correction and called those who corrected them “religious” “ I’ve been saved and nothing can make me lose my salvation, God has given me the gift of salvation and because His gifts and calling are without repentance, I can never lose my salvation”.
How can one rightly apply the teaching of Paul in Romans 11:29? Does it mean that a gift given by God can never be withdrawn?
From today’s text, God withdrew the gift He gave Eli and his family (1 Sam 2:30) and did the same to Saul (1 Sam 13:13-14) and Judas (Acts 1:16-26). From these examples, it is clear that God withdraws His gifts and calling when people fall short of the requirements for them.
If the above is true, we can conclude then that what God does not repent from are his plans and intentions but the persons can change. For instance, Samuel replaced Eli; David replaced Saul and Mathias replaced Judas Iscariot but God’s purposes were achieved.
Go into today knowing that you can lose what you have if you refuse to live by the principles that make for its sustenance.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, please help me live in obedience so I don’t lose what you have given me.
—Dr. Emmanuel James
Bible In One Year: Genesis 20-23 (In Devotional Audio)
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