Samuel had been serving the Lord under Eli's tutelage for some time. But the Lord called Samuel and told him what was in store for Eli and his family. And Eli's response is "okay, whatever."
Had I received the news that my family would be cut down young, I would have moved heaven and earth to see if we couldn't change this edict. But Eli just says, Okay.
The Lord does not honor apathy. In fact, later in the book, He says he will spew you out of His mouth because of lukewarm attitude.
How often are we guilty of this ho-hum mentality? We get stuck in our little patterns. We do all the right things, but we're just going through the motions.
God wants us to be passionate about Him, about our lives and livelihoods. He wants us to exhibit His Holy Fire.
Only with passion and dedication can we fulfill His great commission to us. Remember, the one where He says to go into all the world and make disciples of all.
Stoke the fires of passion within us. Stir up the embers of our love for You and light the flame of concern for all Your world. Grant that we may never become lukewarm or apathetic.
In Jesus' most precious name.