Read 1 Samuel 1 – 3.
We learned in 1:28 Hannah lent Samuel back to the Lord, which was her offering to the awesome God who had given him to her in the first place. Hannah had the right perspective. She knew all things, babies included, belonged to the Lord. In Chapter 2 we see Hannah’s exuberant and praiseful prayer to God for answering her pleads for a child.
In verse 2:11 we see Hannah and her husband went home, but the child ministered to the Lord before Eli the priest.
How does a small child minister before the Lord? Could it be, as he goes about being a child, living out of who he is God is honored? How interesting.
Next we’re introduced to Eli’s sons, who are not so godly. They defiled them selves and the people who came to worship. God is not pleased. Amidst of this we see Samuel ministering to the Lord, even as a child, wearing a linen ephod.
God blesses Hannah and she ends up having three sons and two daughters, because she honored her vow to lend Samuel to the Lord. Here’s more evidence the faithful are answered. Meanwhile, Samuel grew before the Lord.
In verses 2:22–25 we see Eli’s half-hearted attempt to confront his sons over they evil and wicked behavior but they would not heed their father’s voice. Verse 26 then says: “And the child Samuel grew in stature and in favor both with the Lord and men.” A man of God came to Eli and told him of God’s wrath to come upon them because of the sins of his sons. Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli.
In Chapter 3 we see Samuel being called by God, but he had not recognized it was the Lord until the forth attempt. Verse 3:7 says “(Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him.)”
All through Samuel’s life so far, he is mentioned as ministering to the Lord but he never really knew the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord revealed to him yet. This shows us people can appear to be godly, doing all the “right” outwardly things but still not know the Lord. It’s not fault of the Samuel for not knowing the Lord. The Lord simply hadn’t revealed Himself to him yet.
After Eli explains to Samuel the Lord was calling him, Samuel waited to hear from the Lord. The Word of the Lord came to Samuel. He listened to what the Lord said and the next morning, he fearfully told Eli everything. Read verses 3:11-21 to see what the Lord told him. Believe me if you were Samuel you might be timid about conveying this particular message. This is a beautiful picture of a faithful servant. He hears from the Lord, remembers the message and shares the message as soon as possible regardless of how the message might be received. We should be so faithful.
The result of being faithful was two fold for Samuel. First, Samuel grew and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. How cool is that? The Lord was with Samuel causing all of his words to be effective. The second result was the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the Word of the Lord. The Lord reveals Himself to the faithful. What could be better than seeing more of the Lord?
Lord God Almighty may you be with us as you were with Samuel. Let none of our words fall to the ground but instead be used to further your kingdom. Reveal yourself to us Lord by your Word. Lead us into a deeper relationship with you. In Jesus’ name Amen.
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