Samuel laid back in bed. The torch was still burning in the tabernacle. That was his assignment each night…keep God’s light burning.
He sat up and ran to Eli’s chamber. “What is it?”
Eli rolled over to face the youngster. “What do you want, Samuel?”
“You called for me. I want to know what you need.”
Eli sighed. “I didn’t say anything. I’m trying to sleep. Go back to bed.”
Samuel returned to his position in the tabernacle.
He ran back to Eli. “Here I am. What do you need me for?”
The old man shook awake. “Samuel, what’s got into you tonight. Can’t you see I’m trying to sleep here? Go back to bed.”
Samuel muttered as he walked back to the tabernacle. “I know I heard him call my name. There isn’t anyone else here. It had to be him.”
He laid back down.
He ran back to Eli. “I know I heard you call for me. Who else could it be?”
Eli looked up. “I’m sorry, Lord.”
He reached out a hand and waited for Samuel to grasp it. “The next time you hear your name called say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.'”
Samuel swallowed as he released Eli’s hand and returned to his chamber.
When Samuel opened his eyes a man was standing near him. “Speak, your servant is listening.”
“I’m about to do something that will capture everyone’s attention. The sins of Eli’s family will not be tolerated much longer. I warned him about not restraining his sons. Their sins cannot be covered by sacrifices forever.”
Samuel sat on his hands to keep them from shaking.
The legend of Samuel carries on to this day. This was a huge step in the process of making this man who would be used in mighty ways to help the nation of Israel to become the greatest nation in the world.
The first step in that process came before he was even conceived. His parents were godly people.
Samuel’s dad took his family to the tabernacle, the dwelling place of God, annually. That’s extremely significant when you remember this was during the period of the Judges…a time when everyone did what was right in his own eyes. God was feared by dad.
Samuel’s mom dedicated her firstborn son to God at the tabernacle on one of those sojourns. The infertility of Hannah, combined with her reverence toward God, made her say a vow that she carried out to the letter. God was honored by mom.
Samuel had an incredibly godly legacy to build on.
When Eli was given the responsibility of rearing this kid it was a second chance to get that right. He failed miserably with his two sons who were supposed to carry on the role of priest for God’s people. The elderly man took this opportunity seriously and did it well.
With that as the backdrop God steps into young Samuel’s life directly.
God had been so distance from Eli for so long even he didn’t recognize God’s presence when it came.
Where are you in this process?
Are you fearing God?
When I ask that question what first came to mind. Did you see yourself cowering in a corner of a room waiting to be struck by lightning? Most people do.
God does have that much power, but He has just as much love for you, too.
For those of us reared in a family where both parents were present we need to remember how we thought about our dads after we did something we knew was wrong. We knew punishment was imminent. Dad was the last person we wanted to cross paths with, but we knew he loved us, too.
Our earthly fathers are to be a representation of our heavenly Father. Too bad there are too few good examples of that today.
Have you made a dedication to God?
Don’t think children are the only thing that can possibly be dedicated to God. Your life can be dedicated, too.
When I suggest that don’t think you have to go to Africa to be a missionary to carry this out. Dedicating your future may mean taking a stand in your current workplace. It could be being more active at church or another organization. It could simply mean studying the Bible more to hear from God better.
Making God number one in your life is dedication to Him.
Are you passing on God’s principles to the next generation?
If you have children definitely start there. If your children are grown teach your grandchildren about fearing and loving God.
If neither of those opportunities is open to you find a young person to mentor. This generation of young adults is floundering now. Too few of them have a solid foundation to build on. They’ve been fed so many lies in school they don’t know what to believe.
When you step in to teach them about God and His truths as found in the Bible take it slow, but be deliberate.
You only need to change the course of one life to have an impact on several people in the future. If you skip this opportunity to make an impact the next generation will continue to wander in the wilderness and miss God’s kingdom altogether.
Eli taught Samuel as much as he could. God’s second chance wasn’t wasted.
By the time God did speak to Samuel the Creator of the universe was a real part of the young man’s mindset.
God can use anybody. He always does.
You can help prepare someone for that transformation today.
That pebble you drop on the surface of the ocean won’t make much of an impact now, but the ripples will go on for quite some time.
Help God steer those ripples by doing your part to focus a young person toward being used by God in mighty ways.
It’s not too late for you to make a difference.
God’s plan is to use you, too.
I’ll see you later. Wade