The boy Samuel is now living at the temple with the High Priest Eli. The Bible says that the revelation of the Lord was hardly seen or heard.
However, the Lord choses to speak to Samuel. Thrice, the Lord calls Samuel. Samuel hears him, but thinks he is hearing Eli. The first two times Eli kind of blows him off. The third time Eli picks up that it is the Lord speaking and tells Samuel to respond, “Speak, God. I’m your servant ready to listen.”
A fourth time, the Lord speaks and makes himself present with Samuel, standing before Samuel. Imagine that, the message is so important that the Lord manifests himself and his presence is tangible in Samuel’s bedroom.
This statement caused me to ask myself a few questions.
Who in my life do I run to thinking it is them speaking when it is God? Do I mistakingly have someone else’s voice masquerading as Father? Whose voice do I find myself more attuned to- another persons or Gods?
When Father speaks, do I know it is him? And, am I able to listen for his voice and recognize it as such? Could I handle Father standing at the end of my bed telling me something akin to what he says to Samuel?
And am I his servant? Would I call myself that? Is servant a title I often use of myself when talking to God? Is servant a title I use of myself when talking to anyone else?
Finally, am I ready to listen? Do I take time to listen to the Lord? Am I able to hear his voice clear enough that I can say, I can hear the voice of God when he speaks?
I am going to take some time reflecting on this statement and see if there is something the Lord wants me to learn from it. I want to hear the Lords’ voice. That is a particularly specific presence of the Lord in my life. I don’t ever want to miss his voice. I don’t want to miss a significant turn in my life and end up a different direction than I am supposed to be. I want Father’s presence in my life. How about you? Blessings.
Humans can’t really understand how God can do it. When I hear someone complaining, I don’t want to reward it, I tend towards a punitive reaction.
There is a situation noted in the sixteenth chapter of Exodus where the Exodonians are complaining to Moses about their conditions. Antithetically speaking their complaining doesn’t repel Father it attracted Him. Father’s compassionate heart towards His people brought about His Presence with them.
The incident in question here highlights the miracle of the “What is it?” and the quail. Manna would appear 6 of 7 mornings and quail landed in the evening. So much quail, one verse says it was coming out their noses. Wow!
The Children of Israel had a faithful, loving, and kind Heavenly Father who cared so much that even in their complaining He took care of them. This is not a formula I typically prescribe. Thankfulness attracts presence better than complaining. Let’s err on the side of gratitude to experience Father’s present daily work in our lives. I don’t know of many situations where complaining does this, however, this Exodus 16 story does state otherwise. What an amazing God we know and serve. I want to be more like Him.
“Moses and Aaron told the People of Israel, ”This evening you will know that it is God who brought you out of Egypt; and in the morning you will see the Glory of God. Yes, he listens to your complaints against him.” (Message)
‘Better is one day in your courts, than a thousand elsewhere.’ Ps.84
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Are there two words that mean more than these two in our vocabulary?
They are like a wrecking ball, a 2×4 upside the noggin, or a tsunami about to hit shore. Or conversely it can be the touch of a loving hand at just the right time, a gentle word that turns away wrath, an ordinance specialist dismantling a highly explosive bomb, a heralded arrival of Father’s Glory, or a soothing balm. They both show a side of things often forgotten. They reveal a nature outside our own. They highlight a sovereign, loving Father whose ways are far above our ways.
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 1 Cor 1:27 NIV
Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. Phil 2:27 NIV
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, Eph 2:4 NASB
So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. Gal 4:7 NIV
I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. 1 Cor 3:6 NASB
Sometimes when a thing is over used it becomes less significant.
Sometimes when a saying is repeated too often it becomes pithy.
I have thought the latter about the saying above. There was a time when it was reiterated so often that it lost its punch. ”you are blessed to be a blessing.” I didn’t resent it, but it did become diluted to the point of it meaning less.
The reality of it is still true. When Continue reading