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The Call Of God

BEFORE A NEW DAY

God summoned Samuel when the 'lamp of God had not yet been extinguished.' This phrase refers to the time immediately before the start of a new day. The procedure was to switch off the light in the tabernacle at dawn. 

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1 Samuel 3:3-4 -- and the lamp of God had not yet been extinguished. Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD as well; the ark of God was also there. The LORD called to Samuel, and he replied, “Here I am!”

The Bible mentions this event to highlight a distinguishing feature of Samuel: he was attentive and vigilant. In the morning silence, he was awake enough to hear his name called by God.

GOD SUMMONS US IN OUR SILENCE

While he was lying down, God summoned him. It should be noted that the text does not state that he slept; only that he was lying down. The impression you had was that, while Samuel lay still, he didn't sleep deeply. The young guy was presumably in a spirit of prayer. What if Samuel had slept deep? Would he have heard the Lord whisper his name?

HE KNOWS US BY NAME

God called Samuel. The call of God to each one of us is by name. He knows each name, and when he is ready to talk to us, and He knows where to locate us. Our Lord does not mistakenly deliver one person's word to another. The Lord addresses each one of us personally when he needs to do so.

From Samuel, we always learn to wait for the Lord. We learn that the Lord will come up, 'before the light goes out,' even when it appears that we have waited so long and it is almost too late. He's not going to be late. He's going to be on time, always.

YOU MATTER TO HIM

There are many children of God who are weary of waiting when they do not hear the Lord. Some worry if God knows them, whether they still matter to the Lord. Yes, to Him, you matter. He knows your name. He knows your name. He knows where you are, and he knows the tone to talk to you.

GOD EXPECTS US TO ANSWER HIS CALL

The reply to God from Samuel is the reply before him, "I am here," used by many virtuous individuals. So Abraham replied when God called. So Moses replied when God called. However, in Samuel's situation, such an explanation did not appear adequate. He replied, 'I am here,' and added nothing further.

This informs us that when He calls, the Lord expects distinct answers from every one of us. We cannot simply react like those before we did. We must react how God wants us to react.

Blessings,

Godwin.

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