Sunday, June 28, 2015

1 Samuel 3

Today's reading in our daily plan is 1 Samuel 3. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Although God had spoken audibly with Moses and Joshua, His word became rare during the three centuries ruled by the judges.  
  • Although you would expect God to speak through the priest Eli, He chooses to speak to young Samuel.  After three times, Eli realizes the Lord is speaking to Samuel.  
  • Samuel shares the message from God with Eli.  Eli humbly accepts it and acknowledges that God knows best.  
  • We see a passing of the baton in leadership in Israel from Eli to Samuel.  The phrase "from Dan to Beersheba" was often used to describe the boundaries of Israel's territory.  It was a way of emphasizing that everyone in Israel knew that Samuel was called to be a prophet for God.  
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Sin blocks our communication with God.  By Eli's time, no prophets were speaking God's messages to Israel.  Why?  Consider Eli's sons.  They had refused to listen to God and had allowed greed to get in the way of any communication with Him.  
  • God uses those with great faith.  Eli was older and more experienced, and he held the proper position.  But age or position is not what is most important to God.  God is looking for faithful followers.  So he spoke to Samuel, whom He could trust.  
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Listening and responding is vital in a relationship with God.  Although God does not always use the sound of a human voice, He always speaks clearly through his Word, the Bible.  But to receive His messages, we must be ready to listen and act upon what He tells us.  Is there any sin that is blocking your communication with God?  
  • Like with Samuel, God may use unexpected people to carry out His will.  Be prepared for God to work at any place, at any time, through anyone He chooses.  God would love to work through you!  What can you do to be like Samuel and be ready to say "Here I am" when God calls you to action?