BIBLE READING: I Samuel 3
1 Samuel 3:10
And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.
When I was thirteen, my Dad wanted to show me how to replace a belt and help him with a few tasks on our car. Well the entire time, my Dad patiently listen to me as rambled on and on about whatever was important to me at the time. His patience was actually impressive, but finally he stopped me to teach the importance of the task at hand. He wanted my complete focus so he could teach me some valuable lessons. Here in chapter 3, the Lord is trying to get Samuel’s attention. Actually, it is a little comical with the back and forth between Eli and Samuel, but finally Eli realizes the Lord is speaking out to Samuel. With instruction, Samuel responds to the Lord, “Speak, for thy servant heareth.” This passage spoke to me about listening. Many times, it is so easy to take all of the events, needs, and situations, and to ramble on about them. Whether to other people or to the Lord. When many times, God wants us to simply sit back and listen. Here is a child that has a simple open heart to serve, listen, and obey God. While the others in the temple are doing their own agendas and are not listening to God, this child is willing to hear the Lord. This really challenged me to be more attentive to what the Lord may have and what He is trying to teach me. What is the Lord trying to talk to you about? Let’s be sure we listen before we act.
David Fulp II