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.