LORD, Reveal Your Glory!
Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 3-4
Key Verse: 1 Samuel 3:10
Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”
What a sad commentary on the spiritual life of Israel. “Rare” and “No widespread revelation,” (vs. 1) says it all. But God spoke to Samuel, and Eli was smart enough to recognize that God wanted someone to listen to Him. God communicates, but are we listening? It’s hard to hear that “still, small voice” (1 Kings 19:12) in the midst of the hustle and bustle of life. This is one of the main reasons why getting up early each day to read Scripture and wait on God is so important. God cut Eli’s family off from His blessing because Eli did not restrain his sons or their vile behavior. The result: The tragic capture of the Ark by the enemies of Israel, the death of Eli’s sons and Eli’s death. Most tragic of all was the name of Eli’s grandson, “Ichabod,” meaning that the glory of God had departed from Israel. In our churches, let us reverse the decline and bring God’s glory in Jesus Christ into sharp focus. John said of Jesus, “We beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14b).
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, I take time right now to spend listening for Your voice. In the quietness of this moment, I wait on You. I meditate on the revelation of Your glory. Hallelujah! Grant that I may help to make that revelation widespread throughout the whole world. Please keep me from being so selfish as to keep that revelation to myself. In Your empowering Name I pray, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Eli was the ripe old age of 98 when he died. I recently received an e-mail from our friend, Jack Price. Jack was brought to Canada from an advertising agency in New York City by the Liberal Party of Canada to “showcase” their new leader, Pierre Trudeau. I got to know Jack 10 years later in 1978. He had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. We prayed together and I found out that Billy Graham had impacted his life. Well, more than 30 years later, Jack again needed our prayers. He emailed me with the details in a most humorous fashion, and added this P.S.: “Please assist where possible by notifying others of this important recall notice, and you may contact the Father any time by ‘Knee mail’!”