Honor is not used too much in our society. If you asked most people to define Honor a lot of people would have blank stares on their faces.
Honor is defined as:
Regard with great respect
Worth ascribed to an individual
The Bible has a lot to say about Honor. In fact in my research regarding honor, I’ve discovered five major areas in which honor is commanded in Scripture. They are:
- Honor your parents
- Honor those in authority
- Honor your spiritual leaders
- Honor one another
- Honor the Lord
Over the next 5 days we will be looking at each of these more in depth.
Today we will focus on Honoring the Lord.
27 One day a man of God came to Eli and gave him this message from the Lord: “I revealed myself to your ancestors when they were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt. 28 I chose your ancestor Aaron from among all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to offer sacrifices on my altar, to burn incense, and to wear the priestly vest as he served me. And I assigned the sacrificial offerings to you priests. 29 So why do you scorn my sacrifices and offerings? Why do you give your sons more honor than you give me—for you and they have become fat from the best offerings of my people Israel!
Eli was a High Priest at Shiloh. He was a servant of the Lord but his sons were wicked. They slept with the women at the temple, took the best of the food from the people, and blasphemed God. The problem was this: He honored his sons above God. He loved his sons so much that his love for God was pale in comparison. In fact Scripture says that Eli himself became fat from the best offerings of the people. In other words he may not have been as wicked as his sons but he indulged them and partook of the excess his sons unjustly took from the temple sacrifices. In other words Eli was not explicit in his sins against God, but in an indirect way, he was just as guilty. He did not honor God and as a result God brought rebuke to Eli.
One of the lessons we can learn from Eli’s life is not place other people or possessions above God. For if we do it shows that we do not truly honor God.
I wonder if there might be issues in your own life where you have place something or someone above God. As I have looked through Scripture I have found six ways in which we are able to honor God they are as follows:
- Giving Thanks Honors God (Psalm 50:23)
- Honor the Lord with your wealth (Proverbs 3:9)
- Helping the poor honors the Lord (Proverbs 14:31)
- Honor God with your body (refrain from sexual sin) (I Corinthians 6:20)
- Honor God by the way you live (2 Thessalonians 1:12)
- Remaining strong in trials honors God (I Peter 1:7)
Are there any areas in which you have not been honoring the Lord. If so, take time today and ask the Lord to help you be faithful in honoring him in every area of your life!