Re:Verse reading–1 Samuel 3 (day seven)

Samuel says, “Here I am” five times in this passage: v. 4, 5, 6, 8, & 16, each one directed to Eli.  The first four Samuel calls out to Eli with blind allegiance looking for answers.  The fifth “here I am” was different though. Between verse 8 and verse 16 Samuel changed, and Eli inquires. Samuel had met God.  Every single time you connect with God it changes you and your relationships.

It is like when Moses met with God to receive the 10 commandments.  The commandments were good and necessary for the greater good, but Moses changed too having connected with God, Exodus 34:29-30:    When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.  When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him.

A meeting with God is transformative, far more transformative than anything else you have planned this week.  May you spend your time wisely seeking out the voice of the Lord more than any other.

Author: Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson is Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

One thought on “Radiant”

  1. It was quite a transformation for Moses. Meeting with God surely is a transformation and is a God’s calling. Our busy life dealing with earthly transactions and events may disrupt our communication with God; and when God’s silence, I do believe that He may notice our minds and hearts are turning away from Him!

    My face would turn red if I face with something that is unexpected! Was that the case for Moses? Our faces tell a lot about us and what is going on inside of us!! I am sure those people who know us well will be reluctant to come near us or to engage with us when the look on our faces has changed somewhat!!

    Good advice to spend our time wisely seeking out the voice of the Lord more than any other! The Lord is the source of wisdom, joy and peace. The ability to discern between God’s voice and others is a transformation in itself!

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