Posted by: springsinthedesert | March 5, 2010

Speak Lord, For Your Servant Is Listening

One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 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. Then the LORD called Samuel.

    1 Samuel 3:2-4

Today, while I was reading the news, I came across the news about a four-year old boy who was taken away by the Tsunami, in Chile. His mother had been searching for him for 5 days and she painfully remembers her son saying this last word, when the earthquake hit, “mamma, the world is going to end”. Reading that news, I suddenly remembered the verse which said, “… have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.”

How true is that? We are living in a time where the truths of Bible are revealed more to the young, simple at heart, ordinary people than the wise and intellects. Some of them just imitate being wise and intelligent and forcefully reject the truths. They do not want to hear more. But God looks for people who are willing to listen, who will faithfully serve Him and to such people, irrespective of their age and spiritual background, God is ready to pour out His revelations and make himself known to them.

We see the same in the old testament times. Samuel was born in a time where the word of the Lord was rare and there were not many visions. It means that God did not speak to people often. Revelations from God were very rare. May be because God did not find appropriate people whom He can reveal himself to. But Samuel was born different. He, from a very young age, ministered unto the Lord, under Eli the priest. For today’s devotion , I would like you to see the difference between Eli, the priest and Samuel. Being the priest, Eli had to have certain responsibilities. He need to be vigilant in his service. Being in the house of the Lord, Eli is expected to be very active in his service to the Lord. Instead, we see him, weak, lethargic and tired…not so keen about the ministry. And if you read the second chapter of 1 Samuel, there we see that Eli’s sons acted against the will of God and did not obey their Father or God. In other words, we can see that he, being a priest, did not consider God’s matters seriously.

But Samuel, on the other hand, grew up in the house of the Lord. God was with Him. Even at a young age , Samuel was very faithful in his service to the Lord and Eli. When God called him for the first time, he was lying down before the ark of the Lord and the lamp of the Lord. These were two things that represented the presence of God in old testament times. So we can understand that Samuel was always before the presence of the Lord. In verse 7 we read, “Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD : The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.” How could he be so conscious in his sleep? Even though the boy did not know about a God who speaks, he was keen to the voice of his master, Eli. That is the reason why he ran to Eli, all the three times when God called him.

Samuel and Eli were both in the house of the Lord. They were both ministering the same God. But one heard the voice of God and the other did not. Eli had been the priest for several years. But young Samuel heard God. What made the difference? The attitude towards God matters. Our Lord looks for hearts that considers God’s things important…those who take them seriously…those who never take their responsibility lightly…those who is always alert to God’s call…They will hear God’s voice…irrespective of their age, spiritual intellects, experience in service.

Are we like Eli, becoming weak and barely able to see, even when the Lamp of God is lighted up? Are we tired and lying down in the usual places, not able to correct even our own family from doing wrong? Are we taking our priesthood granted and the position given to us lightly? God will not wait for you and me if we are sluggish in our attitude towards God. He will bypass us and go to someone else…may be someone working in your house, someone you think is not experienced as you..someone who do not know the scripture as you do…because when God looks, He considers the attitude, the reverence and their readiness for the work of the Lord. You and me will be able to hear the voice of the Lord when we are always in that room where the lamp of the Lord is lit up and the ark of the Lord is present. When He calls, let us answer Him, like Samuel did, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” Remember, God used young Samuel at first, to prophecy even to Eli, the priest and then later the people of Israel. The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and God let none of his words fall to the ground. What a blessed life! It is our choice…to be in the same place, but whether to be like Eli or like Samuel.

God Bless,

Rani John



  1. Hi Rani. This is a timely word for me. You know like Samuel…God spoke to me years back and said He will never let my words fall on the ground. Your words today are medicine to my soul…a confirmation.



  2. This is an area of our faith we have to be careful about. Thank you for reminding us about whom we want to be in our walk with Christ. God in His abundant mercy saved us from rotting in hell, yet we take this same merciful and gracious God for granted to live life at our own terms. I pray that God will help me to be child-like in my faith and seek him earnestly all the days of my life.

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