Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that your house and the house of your father should go in and out before me forever,’ but now the Lord declares: ‘Far be it from me, for those who honor me I will honor, and those who despise me shall be lightly esteemed.
1 Samuel 2:30

Do I make the honor of God the great object of my life and the rule of my conduct?  If so, He will honor me.  I may for a while receive no honor from man, but God will Himself put honor upon me in the most effectual manner.  In the end it will be found the surest way to honor is to be willing to be put to shame for conscience’s  sake.

Eli had not honored the LORD by ruling his household well, and his sons had not honored the LORD by behavior worthy of their sacred office, and therefore the LORD did not honor them but took the high priesthood out of their family and made your Samuel to be ruler in the land instead of any of their line.  If I would have my family ennobled, I must honor the LORD in all things.  God may allow the wicked to win worldly honors; but the dignity which He himself gives, even glory, honor and immortality, He reserves for those who by holy obedience take care to honor Him.

What can I do this day to honor the LORD?  I will promote His glory by my spoken testimony and by my practical obedience, I will also honor Him with my substance and by offering to Him some special service.  Let me sit down and think how I can honor Him, since He will honor me.

— This devotional is taken from C.H. Spurgeon’s Faith Checkbook.8