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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Samuel: Can You Hear Me Now?

September 16

(1 Samuel 2:18 NIV)  "But Samuel was ministering before the Lord -- a boy wearing a linen ephod."

(1 Samuel 2:21 NIV)  "And the Lord was gracious to Hannah; she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord."

(1 Samuel 2:26 NIV)  "And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the Lord and with men."

(1 Samuel 3:4-8 NIV)  "Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, "Here I am." {5} And he ran to Eli and said, "Here I am; you called me." But Eli said, "I did not call; go back and lie down." So he went and lay down. {6} Again the Lord called, "Samuel!" And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, "Here I am; you called me." "My son," Eli said, "I did not call; go back and lie down." {7} Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. {8} The Lord called Samuel a third time, and Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, "Here I am; you called me." Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy."

(1 Samuel 3:19-21 NIV)  "The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of his words fall to the ground. {20} And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the Lord. {21} The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word."

The prophet Samuel was called by God when he was just a boy. Calling is what separates authentic prophets from imposters. It’s what distinguishes real disciples from pretenders. Our call can come in an instant, but because we so regularly exceed the noise limits and speed limits of life, hearing it can often take years. It may start as a gentle whisper, but if ignored it can develop into a roar. After we finally hear God’s call, living for self can never satisfy again. Calling brings purpose to life, and compels us to do what we were created to do… sometimes at great loss to ourselves. When we hear God and obey, we become His disciples and witnesses. God then lifts us to positions of visibility where we can bring Him glory, which is our ultimate calling. The foolish will move away from God’s call -- the wise will move toward it. Which way are you moving? -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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