So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, "He is the LORD; let him do what is good in his eyes." - I Samuel 3:18
Leaders who flirt with divine instruction run the risk of being disconnected from their ultimate source of divine replenishment. God does not multiply His grace in the life of a vessel who consciously and persistently take Him for granted. Hence, a chosen leader may fall out of favour with God if he puts no stock in God's admonition. A classic illustration of this was Eli, who lost the priesthood because he flirted with God"s instruction.
In I Samuel 2-3, the Lord God gave Eli visibility into the excesses of his sons who were polluting the priesthood through their sins. When Eli caught wind of this, he turned the other way. He failed to clip the wings of his vice-ridden children knowing full well that they could put a strain on his relationship with God. The fallout of the latitude he allowed his children was the REVERSAL OF GOD'S PLAN to make his priesthood perpetual. In order to restore sanity in the priesthood, the Lord God saw it fit to renounce Eli's priesthood and replace him with Samuel.
The account of Moses is also a picture perfect of a leader who was replaced for flirting with God's instruction. Moses allowed the children of Israel to get under his skin through their continual unbelief and complaints against God for provisions. In Numbers 20, the action of Moses in striking the rock ran counter to God's instruction to speak to the rock. The Lord God was dishonoured by his disobedience. Consequently, God RESISTED Moses from entering into the Land of Promise but was allowed to see it from afar off only. In replacement of him, Joshua took on the leadership of God's people. How seriously are you taking God's counsel for your life? May you not fall from grace as you resolve to take account of God's counsel concerning your life in Jesus name