Today brings us to the end of 31 Days to Listen, and I wanted to finish with the story of Samuel who was born as an answer to prayer and dedicated to serve God (1 Samuel 1, 2). He learned as a young boy to listen to the Lord.
1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19-21 (NIV)
The Lord Calls Samuel
The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.
One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 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. Then the Lord called Samuel.
Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 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.
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.”
Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.
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. 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.
The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the Lord. The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.
I love that Samuel is attentive and responsive. I love that the Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and that the Lord revealed himself to Samuel. The Lord of the Universe revealing himself to a man – what an incredible privilege.
The Lord is always looking for someone who will listen to Him. May we continue learning to recognise the Lord when he is calling us, and may we also be the ones who listen and follow Him.
This is Day 31 of 31 Days to Listen. Thank you for joining me on this challenge. I’ll be taking a rest from posting for a few days, but I would love to hear from you if you’ve enjoyed this focussed attention on one subject. If you would like another series (perhaps 2-3 posts each week) please drop me a note in the Comments section below.