“Now the sons of Eli were worthless men; they did not know the Lord” (1 Samuel 2:12).
The verdict of worthlessness imposed upon Hophni and Phineas is the result of their total disregard for the things of God. That “they did not know the Lord” wasn’t an issue of knowledge but, rather, they gave no thought to God whatsoever. Theirs was a willful disobedience to and utter contempt for the responsibilities God’s word set before them. Their failure is our reminder that a life of meaning, worth, and purpose is realized in the continual, daily pursuit of what God is seeking to accomplish in our lives.