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April 08, 2020: SOAP #3779: 1Samuel 3-5; Psalm 77; 2Corinthians 8
Scripture: 1Samuel (NIV) 3:8 The LORD called Samuel athird time, and Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; youcalled me.” Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down,and if he calls you, say, 'Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.'”So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 The LORD came and stood there,calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said,“Speak, for your servant is listening.” 11 And the LORD said toSamuel
Observation: Godwas speaking! The God of creation wasspeaking to a young boy. Samuel did not yetrecognize God's voice and thought the old priest, Eli, was calling him. After his third trip to check on Eli, Eli realizedthat God was calling Samuel. So, he toldSamuel how to respond. And God caredenough that He called out a fourth time!
What Samuel heard was important, but what God heard was even moreimportant! First, God heard oneof his created beings say, 'LORD, I hear you.' God had been hearing people cry out to Him,but here was a man that could hear God call out to him! Second, God heard a man, created in Hisimage say, 'What you say is important. Iam listening.' God had been listening todesperate people call to him with what was important to them. Here was a young man willing to let God tellhim what was important to God. Samuelwas saying, I can sleep later; hearing what you have to say is more importantthat sleep. Third, God heard ayoung man say, 'I am your servant. Iwill follow through with your instructions.' I will honor your word.
Application: I knowGod hears me. It is important that God knowsthat I hear Him!
Prayer: HolySpirit, make me like Samuel. I know youlike to hear me come to you with my praise and worship, yes and with my needs. But when it comes to my wants and needs, itis more important that I hear your word, then you hear my words. Amen
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