1 Samuel 2:23-25
23 And he said to them, “Why do you do such things? For I hear of your evil dealings from all the people. 24 No, my sons; it is no good report that I hear the people of the Lord spreading abroad. 25 If someone sins against a man, God will mediate for him, but if someone sins against the Lord, who can intercede for him?” But they would not listen to the voice of their father, for it was the will of the Lord to put them to death.
The prophet Eli had two sons, two very wicked young men. They refused to follow the Lord. They corrupted the worship of God, and they abused the authority that they had been given by God.
When Eli, their father, warned the young men to stop their evil practices, they refused. What fascinates me, however, is the fact that the Lord is still very much in control. Look at the verse again. The two men refused to listen to their father. Why? Verse 25 says, “But they would not listen to the voice of their father, for it was the will of the Lord to put them to death.” Even when the young men rebelled, and did so freely based on their own evil desires, Gods’ will was still accomplished.
Christians, we want to always give God proper glory for all that the Lord does. This is a big deal, as God has set up his name as the most important thing in all the universe. Part of us doing this rightly is for us to recognize that God is sovereign over all things. Even here, when the young men, by their free will, chose to dishonor the Lord, God’s will was done. Our God is above and beyond us. He is able to accomplish all he desires. He deserves great praise, even when he works in ways that we cannot explain.