It’s Time to Quit Running Down the Hall

1 Samuel 3- “Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD in the presence of Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision.2 At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was.4 Then the LORD called Samuel, and he said, “Here I am!” 5 and ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down.6 And the LORD called again, “Samuel!” and Samuel arose and went to Eli and said,“Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.8 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the LORD was calling the boy.9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak,LORD, for your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.10 And the LORD came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.”…  (LATER) 17 And Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me… 18 So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. And he said, “It is the LORD. Let him do what seems good to him.” 19 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.”

Has there ever been a time in your life where you felt like something was compelling you to do, say, or try something? It seemed to originate from nothing, so you threw the idea around for a few, but then tossed it to the side, because it wasn’t making sense? You tried to have some heart-to-heart talks with people you’re close to, to see if they could give you any answers, but they acted oblivious to it all?

That’s how it was for Samuel. He hadn’t quite learned how to recognize God’s voice, and when He called for him, it left him running after someone else’s explanation. When none could be given, he went back to his normal state; but it happened again a couple more times. Thankfully, when he ran down the hall, he found someone with wisdom, able to tell him Who it was calling for him. But, do you ever get confused?

The first part of this passage reminds me so much of the world in which we live today. “And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision…” Commentators say that Eli and Samuel’s nation had become so impure and so corrupt that God withdrew the gift/spirit of prophecy. Sadly, it had become an uncommon and unpopular thing to listen to and heed the voice of God. Sounds a little bit familiar, huh?

Don’t let this discourage you, though! Just as He spoke to Samuel back then, He’s still speaking to people today. And it might even be you!

Sometimes we let our age convince us that we’re too young or too old to be called of God. Let this report prove otherwise. Samuel was just a child and Eli was very old, but they were still serving very big purposes. Got is not restricted by time in anyway, and therefore, age is never a factor in His decision to call. Maybe you feel “too new” to the faith, unqualified and unequipped, for God to speak to and use you. Again, this is in no way a hindrance to your ability to be called of the Lord. “God doesn’t call the equipped; He equips the called.” There’s more proof in this Scripture to confirm this truth: “Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.” Samuel wasn’t well-versed in the ways of God just yet, but he had a willing heart. God saw that willingness and called out to the boy.

By reading about Samuel, we quickly learn that he was not only willing, but obedient. Obedience is another attribute that “attracts” the call of the Lord. You don’t have to have all the answers, amazing talent, or even incredible resources for God to call you. As a matter of fact, you don’t have to have any of that whatsoever. You just have to be willing to listen for Him and obey.

Eventually, we have to quit “running down the hall,”  if you will. We can’t continually rely on someone else to tell us when and/or if God is the One speaking to us. Sure, sometimes, we might need that assistance from someone put in our life for such reasons, but we must develop our spiritual senses to recognize Him when He calls our name.

God uses the very uniqueness He implanted in us when He created us to bring about different, yet necessary, things to pass for the Kingdom of God, so don’t always expect something “simple” or “reasonable.” God has His own creative way of doing things. He will always find a way to achieve His will, but don’t you want to be a part of that? Aren’t you curious to learn what exciting path He will lead you down? Where will He position you? What is it He’s calling you to do?

There’s no reason to fear it or dread it. You’re never alone. “And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall…” He’ll walk with you each step of the way. He’ll give you strength, bravery, and boldness when it’s needed. Just open up your heart to hear Him speak. He’s calling you…

Prayer: Lord, speak to me today. Silence all other voices buzzing around me so that I may clearly hear You. Give me strength to always be willing to obey whatever it is You call me to do. Thank You for Your faithfulness, Your confidence in me, and the proof You give us in Your word that You will speak to and use anyone longing to hear You. Keep me close to You. In Your name, amen.

Appointed And Equipped

(Exodus 31:2-3, 6 ESV) “2 “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, … 6 And behold, I have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. And I have given to all able men ability, that they may make all that I have commanded you:”

It is a sad reality that many people do not know what their purpose is. They spend countless hours sowing effort into endeavors that do not further their purpose, or God’s. Furthermore, many of those same people have convinced themselves that God exists to cater to their wants and needs. The truth is, each of us are created by God and are especially appointed and equipped to fulfill every task that He asks us to do.

Exodus 31 introduces us to Bezalel and Oholiab; two men created by God for a very specific and important task. God had given Moses a detailed plan to build a place where He would dwell among His people. This edifice could not just be put together haphazardly. No! The details were very intricate and required craftsman with extraordinary skill.

The Holy Script records the following facts: (1) These two men were specifically chosen and called by name. (2) They were filled with the Spirit of God. (3) Their ability was bestowed by God Himself. (4) Their assignment required intelligence, knowledge, and all craftsmanship.

Moses usually gets all the press for what was accomplished during this time in history. The truth is, Moses could never have completed what these two men, appointed and equipped, contributed to the fulfillment of God’s detailed plan.

Although the record of this historical event appears in the Old Testament, God continues to work in a similar manner today. We are told, “4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11 ESV)

Did you catch that last statement? God appoints and equips individuals according to His divine will so that His purpose will be accomplished. Moses, Bezalel, Oholiab, Rob, Donna, and the list goes on, and includes your name as well. YOU are anointed and equipped! Isn’t it great to be on God’s team?

PRAYER: Thank you Father for trusting me to do what You have appointed and equipped me to do. Sometimes the task seems overwhelming. But, when I remember that my ability comes from Your hand, then I am confident of a positive outcome which brings glory to Your name. To You be the glory! Amen.


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