- And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision. 2And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see; 3And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; 4That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I. 5And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou called me. And he said I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down. 6And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again. 7Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him. 8And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here [am] I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child. 9Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, and lie down: and it shall be, if he calls thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant hears. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant hears. (1Samuel 3:1-10)
Samuel lived in the temple serving God under the guidance of Eli. As Eli grew older, he still guided Samuel more and more in service of the Lord. Even where Samuel was he was closer to God; he slept in the sanctuary.in the days of Eli, the sanctuary was where the Covenant Box was placed and it represent the presence of God. Therefore Samuel grew in the closer to God everyday. He placed himself closer to God by abiding to what Eli directed him to do and in serving God at the sanctuary.
Another occasion that Samuel was positioned closer to God was during his call. Samuel was called him three times and reported to his teacher; Eli. It then dawned to Eli that it was the Lord that was calling Samuel but Samuel was not aware of this. Eli then guided Samuel on the response he should give once he was called for the fourth time. When Samuel was called, he responded, ‘Speak, your servant is listening’ the response to God’s calling was affirmative, it changed Samuele’s life.
In our daily living God is continuously calling us in different situations what is our response?
Whenever god intends to speak to His people or do some stunning things, He looks for the person who is available and receptive. Samuel was available; he was always under the directions of Eli, a man of God. He was also in the sanctuary at night were God was. He was receptive too; when he was called three times he ran to answer to Eli unaware that it was not Eli calling him. Samuel, the young man, was also obedient, he adhered to the calling more than once and did what Eli told him to do, responding to God’s call. He was also a respectful boy; he did not look down on Eli because he was old and almost blind, but did what he was told to. It is a common thing for some youths to despise some elders or even elderly people because their advice does not make sense to them or because they seem spiritually weak as they are physically weak too and disregard their wealth of experience. This is should be happening for it is not right.
Let us learn from Samuel to be obedient and respectful. Let us keep ourselves clean and away from evil so that God may call and use us as his vessels for better and special purposes because we shall be dedicated and useful to the Lord.