1 Samuel 3:7-10
“Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’” vs. 10
Three times Samuel heard the voice of the Lord and thought it was the priest, Eli, calling to him. The fourth time, having been prompted by Eli, he figured out that it was the Lord, and he listened. That conversation was the beginning of Samuel’s long and illustrious career as a judge and prophet of Israel. He became the mouthpiece of the Lord and gained the respect of the entire nation. Most of us don’t ever expect to have an experience like that of Samuel and some are doubtful that such things even happen any more. As a result, like Samuel, our ears tend to be deaf to the Lord and we live as though we’re the ones in charge. Fortunately the Lord is persistent and keeps on calling our names until we wise up and pay attention. It’s at that point that life gets interesting! It’s then that our eyes are opened and we begin to see the special opportunities for loving and serving that the Lord has in mind for us. How do we know if it’s really the Lord who is calling us? The answer is easy. Like Samuel we check it out…and if it’s really the Lord our mission will be abundantly clear. Of course, sometimes it’s not the Lord…and that too will become apparent. The key is responding, and not just turning over and going back to sleep!
Thought for the Day: What is the Lord calling me to do?