Reasons for the loss of God’s Glory (Ichabod)
1 Samuel 4:19-21 –
His daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was pregnant and near the time of delivery. When she heard the news that the ark of God had been captured and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she went into labor and gave birth, but was overcome by her labor pains. As she was dying, the women attending her said, “Don’t despair; you have given birth to a son.” But she did not respond or pay any attention. She named the boy Ichabod, saying, “The glory has departed from Israel”– because of the capture of the ark of God and the deaths of her father-in-law and her husband.
I have been walking with God for a little over 20 years and I have seen the glory of God manifest in people’s lives and in my own life as well. I am still walking in the glory of God. I have also seen people lose the glory, both in scriptures and around me. In every case it is sad and pitiful.
I want to use this opportunity to point out the major reasons that could lead to a loss of glory. Please be aware that the glory of God does not leave people, people leave the glory of God. God never changes. His intentions and plans for us are always the same. The problem is always with man, particularly in the area of consistency and sticking to the original plan.
From the above scripture you will find out that Eli and his sons acted in ways that led to the loss of the glory of God. These reasons are outlined below:
Firstly, lack of respect for what belongs to God. Remember that Jesus said, “Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s.” From the story of Hophni and Phinehas, sons of Prophet Eli, we note that they took God’s offering and sacrifices and made them theirs. They ate and desecrated holy things. In Samson’s case God commanded that no razor should touch his head but he cheapened this instruction by divulging it to Delilah. As a matter of fact he had no business with Delilah in the first place. So whenever we take what belongs to God and use it for another purpose we set ourselves up for loss of glory.
Secondly, the Bible says that the sons of Eli took advantage of the people of God and robbed them of their dignity. God is very sensitive and gets angry when He finds His people being cheated or robbed. The scriptures make it clear that it is better for a millstone to be tied to the neck of that person and for that person to be drowned than for such person to deceive God’s people. When we cheat people in the name of God and deprive them of the dignity and honour that Christ purchased for them we are heading for trouble and loss of glory. Please do a check up in this regard. Don’t say “the Lord says” when He has not spoken.
Thirdly, they defiled the temple of God; in our case, our body is the temple of the living God. We have been bought with a very high price – the blood of Jesus. We cannot afford to misuse our bodies because God resides inside us. When the temple of God is defiled the glory is lost. Remember the reaction of Jesus when He got to the temple and saw that they had turned it into a den of moneychangers and thieves instead of a house of prayer? He overturned their tables and sent the godless people out.
These three issues affect the spirit, soul and body and if they’re not properly dealt with the glory begin to leak away until a person is left with nothing. I see you plugging every leakage and enjoying a glorious life. Be ‘Gloryful’ In Jesus’ mighty name!
For Further Study
Judges 16:20, 2 Chronicles 15:2
Personal declaration for the day
I am a carrier of God’s glory and I bring His divine presence to my world.
Questions for you to reflect on
Are you aware that you are a carrier of God’s glory?
How often do release His glory to your world?