This Fat Man Didn’t Sing, But It Was Over

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!


1 Samuel 4:18

When he mentioned the ark of God, Eli fell backward off his chair by the side of the gate. His neck was broken and he died, for he was an old man, and he was heavy. He had led Israel forty years.


Eli had been the priest and judge of Israel for 40 years, and he was 98 years old when the Philistines defeated Israel. His sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were killed, and the Philistines stole the Ark of the Covenant. When Eli was told of these events, he fell over and, in the fall, broke his neck and died because the Bible says he was FAT.


It’s funny how, in this story, Eli’s FAT body was an indication that his leadership was tired and lazy. I’ve already recounted earlier how his sons were immoral blasphemers of the most High God. At the age of 98, a man should be given a pass, but not when his moral lax has impacted his sons and left a nation wondering what to do. Now, in the final loss of his forty-year career, he gets news that his two sons were dead, but it was the next line that killed him. They reported the Ark of the Covenant had been stolen. He fell over, broke his neck, and died. He was FAT, that’s often an indicator of a lack of discipline. “This FAT Man Didn’t Sing, But It Was Over.”


Dear Jesus,

I don’t want to get so used to my position that I assume everything I’m doing is good. This AM, I’m taking inventory on my life. Help me, Lord, to be fit and ready mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically, for the battles that lie ahead. Amen

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