“Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” and Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant hears” (I Samuel 3:10).

God called Samuel with love and Samuel too responded eagerly to God's calling. What a blessed experience it is for God to speak to you and you hear the same and later for you to speak and God to hear you!

Two persons are lying down in the temple of God.  Eli, the priest is lying near the ark of God. The next person is the young Samuel and he is in the space of the servants. The doors had been locked and the lights were dim.

God descended there and strolled. He saw both the persons lying there. He did not choose to call Eli who was a priest with age and experience behind him. But instead, He called Samuel by his name who was an ordinary young boy. Even today, God is gracious to speak to those who humble themselves as children. He is merciful to reveal the secrets of the Kingdom of heaven to those who are humble in Spirit.

Samuel the boy without knowing that God is calling him ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me” (I Samuel 3:5). God called him thrice and in all the three instances he ran to Eli and told, “You called me.”  

Only then Eli began to think over the happenings. His thoughts went this way. "Only two of us are lying in the temple and the doors also have been locked. In that case, it should be the voice of God." Thus he told Samuel “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you again, then you must say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.”

Even in the tender age, Samuel learnt to hear, listen and speak to God, He decided not to run to the old man Eli while facing problems but to run to God who showed eagerness in speaking to Samuel. That was why God elevated him as the great prophet and priest in Israel.

Dear children of God, when you show eagerness to hear what God says, He will surely speak to you. Instead of carrying your problems to man, if you carry them to God who created you and who gave His life on the Cross shedding His precious blood, He is gracious to clear them all.      

To meditate: So he, trembling andastonished, said, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” then the Lord said to him,  “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do” (Acts 9:6).

Daily BreadJoshua Jebadurai