Eli’s daughter-in-law was close, but not close enough. We read about her declaration that the glory of the Lord had departed because of the ark’s capture, and then she named her son “Ichabod,” which means “Where is the glory?” (vv. 19-22). She was right to lament the departure of the Lord’s glory, but she missed why His glory was gone. It was not because the ark of the Lord was removed from the people but rather that the people had removed themselves from the Lord of the ark.
We too should be quick to recognize the severity of limiting or removing God’s glory from around us, even to the slightest degree. We too should mourn and lament when God is not glorified as He ought to be. Our first response should not be to look outside of ourselves for why His glory has been diminished but rather within ourselves. We are here to be conduits of God’s glory. May we earnestly desire to declare the glory of our God in word and deed so that others may join us in basking in its beautiful radiance.
What opportunities do you have to glorify God in the days and weeks ahead? How will you?