Passage: I Samuel 1:1-10
Key Verse: I Samuel 1:10
Here is young Samuel ministering (serving) unto the Lord. At the time of this writing, there is no open vision for Israel. God did not have anybody that He could speak to concerning Israel. We are told that Eli’s health was failing. He could not see, and because of this, the lamp of God went out in the temple of the Lord. This lamp was to burn forever. Eli was failing in his ministry as a religious leader. It was time to raise up a new spiritual leader for God’s nation.
That leader would be the young Samuel.
Samuel was attentive to the voice and will of God. He did not know the voice of God. He thought Eli was calling him. He went to Eli thinking he was calling him, but it was God. When Eli realized that the Lord was calling him, he told Samuel what to say.
When Samuel heard his name called again, he spoke the following words: “Speak; for thy servant heareth.” These words came from a humble heart and ready mind. God needed somebody to step up and become the voice of God for His people.
What does this mean for us today? God is still looking to call people into a higher position. He needs voices that will cry out and speak the Word of God without hesitation. He needs somebody who will be bold, honest and humble when it comes to speaking the words of God.
Are you and I in the position to become that Voice of God in these days and times? You may not speak to a great nation like Israel. You are called to speak life, hope and healing into the lives of those who see you on a daily basis. You are called to speak of salvation and deliverance from sin.
Have you received the call? How are you responding to it?