In those days the word of the LORD was rare… - I Samuel 3:1
God's word was very rare in those days. It was one special night that changed the course of a nation which was living a life of anarchy with no vision or purpose, every one did as he pleased there was no king or leader to lead them. But God spoke these words as “Samuel, Samuel” the Lord called this young man, who never expected. His mother was a woman of great faith; she named him as Samuel meaning "I asked the Lord for him". He was the answer for this wonderful woman’s tears. Today we all want to hear the God of the universe speak to us directly calling our name like he called "Samuel, Samuel..."
So why did the Lord called this young boy. My Pastor always used to say there are more people who just echo the words of other people, but would not spent time with the Lord to hear from him. Have you wondered why the God is not speaking to me? If you long to hear God's voice let us learn from the Life of this great prophet Samuel.
1. Being under Authority: Samuel was under the authority of Eli
He humbled under the mighty hand of God and under the authority God put on his life. Two times it is mentioned that he was under authority "but the boy ministered before the LORD under Eli the priest." (I Samuel 2:11 and I Samuel 3:1). We all long to hear from God and do mighty things for the Lord, but we never want to go thru the process where God can mold us and shape us under an authority. There is no example in the Bible God used a man who would not submit under authority. Apostle Peter writes in his epistle to the next generation of young men.
"Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time." - I Peter 5:5-6
2. In spite of the Circumstances Samuel Walked Truthfully before God:
Many times we would say that our circumstances are not good for us to walk Holy before the Lord. Samuel's surrounding was not a best one he lived in the house of Eli, Eli's sons lived a wicked life they disregarded the Lord's offerings and angered God, they did adultery in the gates of the temple of God. But it says in the I Samuel 2:18 "But Samuel was ministering before the LORD". He guarded his heart and walked Holy before the Lord. Many times people start grumbling and complaining of their circumstances, God will not use anyone with a grumbling spirit to change that circumstance.
3. Samuel grew day by day in Favor of the Lord and Men
God as a heavenly potter wants to shape us in to a wonderful vessel so that he can use it to bless many, but it involves time. God did not changed Samuel in to a prophet in one day, it took time and he allowed God to work day by day one step at a time. God is not expecting perfect people to use for his Glory, but people who will wait in his presence and grow day by day. Samuel was not truthful just before God, but was honest before men whom he served.
"And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the LORD and with men." I Samuel 2:26
4. Obeying God's Servants will lead the way to hear from God directly:
Finally a night came when God came and called Samuel, It is so interesting to see Samuel running to Eli and say "You called me" in I Samuel 3. Not once three times God called him but he thought that Eli was calling him, his ears were so tuned to obey Eli, that he did not realized that God is speaking to him. This is the Key to hear from God. If we obey God's words spoken through the servant of the living God, we become a perfect candidate to hear from God directly. The third time Eli realized that the Lord is speaking to the little boy, he thought him how to respond and when the Lord came and called him again, Samuel said speak for your servant is listening.
The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening." - I Samuel 3:10
After this happens, God started to speak to him regularly and the whole nation recognized that Samuel is the prophet of the Lord. It was wonderful to read that God spoke with this Samuel as he speaks with his friend; he shared his sorrow with him. Samuel was the one who God used to direct the nation of Israel in one of the most important time in its history. God used Samuel to anoint Kings to serve his people.
"The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the LORD. The LORD continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word." - I Samuel 3:19-21
Even in this generation God is looking for people with whom he can share his heart and reveal himself, if you have the above characteristics or if we develop with the help of the Holy Spirit, you are a perfect candidate to hear from God soon calling your name like "Samuel, Samuel..."
God Bless You