Tuesday January 30, 2024
Scripture: 1 Samuel 3: The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. 2 One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down. 6 Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 8 A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
Meditation: The call of the Lord upon a person’s life might at first seem uncertain, however when the believer responds with an openness to hear the Word of the Lord, the uncertainty is replaced by a blessed assurance of God’s presence and grace.
– We are told that Samuel ministered before the Lord in the presence of the Lord, yet we are also informed that the word of the Lord was rare at that time, nor were there many visions. Why was the word of the Lord rare in those days? Could it have had anything to do with the ungodly example of Hophni and Phinehas who were supposed to be ministers of the Lord?
– And so, even though there was wickedness at the place of worship, God’s presence was still there. Even though there was no word of the Lord or visions, God was still active in the lives of His people. Romans 5 tells us, 20 … But where sin increased, grace increased all the more”.
– This is why Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord, Lot found grace in the cesspool of Sodom, Jonah was sent to preach to the Ninevites, and most profoundly the spotless, perfect Lamb of God was sent into this sin cursed world for our redemption and salvation!
– God called me back to Himself when I was carousing at a bar! No one is beyond God’s reach and the call of God can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime! Samuel did not recognize Who was calling him. He mistook the voice for the voice of his mentor Eli. However, Samuel’s true mentor was the Lord! And the voice that called to him was none other than that of God Himself! All Samuel needed to do was to heed the call of God upon his life. All you and I need to do is to heed God’s call upon our lives as well! God’s call was specific to Samuel and God’s call today is specific to you! Just answer, “‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening’”. May the Lord give us grace to hear His call today, and to respond by faith!