Re:Verse reading–1 Samuel 3 (day four)
V.1 – “And word from the Lord was rare in those days, visions were infrequent.” V. 7 – “Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor had the word of the Lord yet been revealed to him.” Samuel was young and inexperienced. He had had little opportunity to see God at work around him and he had yet to meet God on an individual basis…but his heart was tender toward the Lord. After God spoke to him the third time…following the prompt by Eli…he responded to God, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.” (V. 10) This response was not only a willingness to hear, but an inference of intent to obey. Samuel, like Abram, or later, Saul, did not predicate his obedience to God to first knowing what it was that God wanted. He was prepared to obey whatever God had for him.
Have you ever reserved your obedience until you knew the whole story of what God wants you to do? I have. What God wants from us though is obedience without question…obedience without having to know what the cost will be to us. May we have faith like a child…may we respond “Speak, for Your servant is listening.”