I love the calling of Samuel from the Old Testament book 1 Samuel chapter 3.
As we read the story we see that three times the Lord spoke to Samuel. Each time Samuel got up and ran to Eli his master and asked what he wanted. The third time Eli realised it was God speaking to Samuel and told him to go back and what to say.
Samuel went back to his bed. Then the Bible tells us that the Lord came and stood there with Samuel. I have read this passage many times, but it was only recently that I realised that God actually came and stood there with Samuel.
On reflecting on this I found that I had to look back and see what happened before God came and stood with Samuel in the flesh. Several things jumped out.
1. Samuel was dedicated to the Lord before his birth
Hannah his mother could not have kids, but she prayed and said she would commit any child to God’s service. God answered her prayer.
2. He lived in the Temple from his early days
The preceding chapters tell us that after he was weaned he was taken to live with Eli the Priest.
3. He served Eli faithfully
We see that he served in the Temple from a young age. It doesn’t say too much of what he did, but it would probably be the things he was able to do and then progressed in importance as time went by. When God spoke we see that he ran to Eli to serve him.
4. He slept near the Ark
Verse three tells us that Samuel slept near the Ark of the Covenant. This is where God’s presence dwelt among his people. If God was going to speak or be present, this is where it would happen. Samuel was right there next to it.
I found these things really interesting. That he was dedicated to God, serving him faithfully from a young age and was right near God’s presence when He came to him.
How does this apply to us?
Perhaps if you are wanting to hear from God you could follow Samuel’s lead. Dedicate yourself afresh, serve with all of your heart and get into God’s presence daily.
I just hope and pray that when God does speak to you, that you will respond like Samuel and say, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening”.