How Often Has the Lord Called Us?
And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel,
Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.
1 Samuel 3:10
Read 1 Samuel 3:7-10
Twice the Lord called Samuel by name, and both times he ran to old Eli to
ask him why he had called. When for the third time he inquired why Eli had
called him, Eli began to understand that it was the Lord who was calling
Samuel. He told Samuel, “If you hear your name being called again, then you
must answer, ‘Speak Lord, for thy servant heareth’.” Samuel had to be taught
by Eli that it was the Lord Himself who was really calling him by name.
In a similar way, it is the task of God’s servants today to make known to
the congregation that the Lord speaks through the reading and preaching of
His Word. We must not despise the Lord’s Day, but seek to hear God’s voice
through His messengers. Have you already learned to discern the voice of
God in His House? If so, then you must respond to the Lord’s teaching, saying
with Samuel, “Speak Lord, for Thy servant heareth.”
Question: Are you responding to the Lord when He calls you?
Psalter 415:2, 4 (based on Psalm 25)
Unto me, O Lord Jehovah, Show Thy ways and teach Thou me;
So that, by Thy Spirit guided, Clearly I Thy paths may see,
In Thy truth wilt Thou me guide, Teach me, God of my salvation;
All the day for Thee I bide, Lord, with eager expectation.
Good and upright is Jehovah In His dealings evermore.
Sinners are by Him instructed In the way untrod before.
He will ever guide the meek In His judgments true and holy;
Teach His ways to those who seek With a contrite heart and lowly