One would naturally expect an audible message from God to be given to the priest Eli and not to the child Samuel. Eli was much older and more experienced, and he held the proper position. But God’s chain of command is based solely on faith, not on age or position. In finding faithful followers, God may use unexpected channels. Be prepared for the Lord to work at any place, at any time, and through anyone that He chooses. God will usually use certain people to help others understand His Word, but it is always God who regenerates – gives new spiritual life, rebirth as new creations – so His children receive and apply His truth. God initiates these relationships with His people. Eli realized God was calling Samuel and instructed him to listen intently. God calls His people personally. God’s call comes today as people hear the gospel. Though God will judge sin, He provides salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Have you heeded the call?
1. How have you heard God call you lately?
2. In what ways have your mind and thinking been challenged, your heart stirred, and your desires turned to Him as you read His Word and interact with other believers?
Challenge: When God calls, Will you say? “Here I am” and heed the call. He may be calling you to lovingly speak His words – even difficult words – to a friend at work, a family member, or a group of children at church. God’s people can faithfully speak His words with confidence because His words are trustworthy. Will you trust?
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