Good evening y’all :). Today we are continuing our study of 1 Samuel with Good Morning Girls. We will be looking at chapter 3.
I pray you are blessed as you read 🙂
“Meanwhile, the boy Samuel served the Lord by assisting Eli. Now in those days messages from the Lord were very rare, and visions were quite uncommon. One night Eli, who was almost blind by now, had gone to bed. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was sleeping in the Tabernacle near the Ark of God. Suddenly the Lordcalled out, “Samuel!” “Yes?” Samuel replied. “What is it?” He got up and ran to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?” “I didn’t call you,” Eli replied. “Go back to bed.” So he did. Then the Lord called out again, “Samuel!” Again Samuel got up and went to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?” “I didn’t call you, my son,” Eli said. “Go back to bed.” Samuel did not yet know the Lord because he had never had a message from the Lord before. So the Lord called a third time, and once more Samuel got up and went to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?” Then Eli realized it was the Lord who was calling the boy. So he said to Samuel, “Go and lie down again, and if someone calls again, say, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went back to bed. And the Lord came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.” (Isam 2: 1-10 NLT)
Verse 1 in particular struck me while I was reading the chapter. It tells us in those days messages from God were rare and visions were uncommon. I wonder why this is the case. Perhaps the last verse in the book of judges will shed some light to this.
“In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes”. (Judges 21:25 NLT)
The verse tells us that people did whatever they deemed right in their own eyes. That’s most likely the reason why the visions from God was very rare.
A quote from David Guzik on verse 1 says:-
“Why was the word of the LORD rare in those days? Probably, because of the hardness of heart among the people of Israel and the corruption of the priesthood. God will speak, and guide, when His people seek Him, and when His ministers seek to serve Him diligently.”(David Guzik, blueletterbible.org)
In the midst of all the corruption in Israel, God found a little boy named Samuel to speak to. Samuel was serving the Lord under the guidance of Eli. The Lord called out to Him three times. The first and 2nd time, Samuel assumed it was Eli calling out to him. Eli told him what to say when next he hears the voice call out his name. His response to Gods call shows his humility. He says “speak your servant is listening…”
God still speaks to us today, He speaks directly to our hearts, He speaks through his word, He speaks through his servants (Ministers, Pastors). The question is are we listening? Are we opening our hearts to hear from God? Is our response to God like that of Samuel or are we even too busy to hear him call out to us?.
I pray in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of life we remember to always make time for God and listen out for Him, and even spend time in His word
God spoke to Samuel about what He would do to Eli’s family. Samuel told all of this to Eli and Eli accepted by saying, “Let God’s will be done”.
This got me thinking: could Eli have gone back to God to beg for forgiveness?…I’m reminded of how Hezekiah, after he was told he was going to die, went back to God and begged and God answered him, gaving him 15 extra years. I’m thinking was Eli right in accepting just like that or could he have sought God’s face and also reprimanded his children and warn them of God’s word?
I pray we never get to a point where the grace of God expires in our lives, where we loose the opportunity to repent and turn from our evil ways
Thanks for joining today. Pls feel free to share your thots on the chapter.
Have a blessed evening 🙂