The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other [three] times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
1 Samuel 3: 10
The night had almost passed. Three other times before this dialogue with God, the young Samuel (probably around 12 years old) had heard his name called out, at a time when Scripture tells us: “In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions.”–1 Samuel 3:1. So it is understandable that Samuel thought it was Eli, the temple priest and the young Samuel’s mentor-master, that had called out to him. But it wasn’t. Samuel’s sleep was being disturbed by God. Samuel’s name was being called out by the LORD.
After the third time of having Samuel run into his sleeping quarters to offer his services, Eli understood what was happening and counseled Samuel on how to respond to the LORD’s call. This true counsel came from a man who himself had failed miserably at istening and obeying the LORD when it came to his own two grown sons, who were also serving as priests but were “wicked men…who had no regard for the LORD”–1 Samuel 2:12
Samuel did as he was told. He went back to listen to the LORD as a humble, willing and obedient servant. And the LORD came and stood near him and spoke to Samuel, and an intimate life-long-conversation and relationship began with the LORD leading and Samuel following.
How simple Samuel’s response to the LORD was, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” But that righteous humility, courageous willingness and ready obedience before the LORD made all the difference in this one young person’s life. Samuel’s life was powerfully transformed through his simple act of listening to the LORD.
Will we choose as Samuel did, no matter what our age—no matter what our circumstance or position in life, to humbly, willingly, obediently listen to the LORD? Will we choose to let the LORD into our lives in such an intimate and powerful way through the simple act of listening? It’s worth it. And it is powerfully transforming!
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane