When God Calls, Listen


When he was a little boy, Samuel heard God speak to him. And for the rest of his life, Samuel listened to what God said, and then spoke His words faithfully.

Samuel lived at church. His mom had desperately wanted a child, so when she finally had one, she promised God that this baby would serve the Lord his whole life. When he was old enough, she took him to the temple to live and serve there.

“The boy Samuel was serving the Lord under Eli. In those days a prophecy from the Lord was rare; visions were infrequent. . . . Samuel was asleep in the temple of the Lord where the ark of God was kept. Then the Lord called Samuel. ‘Here I am,’ Samuel responded. He ran to Eli and said, ‘Here I am. You called me.’ ‘I didn’t call you,” Eli replied. ‘Go back to bed.’ So Samuel went back and lay down. . . . Samuel had no experience with the Lord, because the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him (1 Samuel 3:1,3-5,7).

This happened again—and again. Finally, Eli realized what was happening, told Samuel the Lord was calling him, and sent him back to his room.

“The Lord came and stood there. He called as he had called the other times: ‘Samuel!  Samuel!’ And Samuel replied, ‘Speak. I’m listening’” (verse 10).

For the rest of his life, Samuel listened to what God said and then spoke his words to God’s people. You can listen to God’s words too and want to share that message with others.

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Read the whole story in 1 Samuel chapter 1 and 1 Samuel chapter 3.

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