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» Devotion - January 28, 2015

The boy Samuel ministered before the LORD under Eli. In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions. 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. Samuel answered, “Here I am.” And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down. Again the LORD called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD: The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. The LORD called Samuel a third time, and Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

1 Samuel 3:1-10

Many people using a cell phone have learned the skill of “selective answering.”  Their cell phones ring; they look at who is calling, and in an instant decide whether or not they are going to answer. It is “selective answering.”

Unfortunately, too often we do something similar when it comes to the Lord’s communication with us. We use “selective listening.” When we read what God has to say in the Bible we think, “Go ahead and speak, Lord. I will think about what you have to say. Then, if I agree with it I will follow your Word. If not, I am going to ignore it.”

In our Bible reading for today we hear about a young boy named Samuel who answered differently when the Lord spoke. Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” Samuel didn’t wait to find out if he liked what God had to say. Samuel trusted that whatever the Lord had to say, it would be important for him to hear and follow.

This is also true for us.  Everything the Lord tells us in his Word is important for us to hear and believe.  Most importantly, he wants us to know about his love for us through Jesus whom he sent to save us from our sins. Everything that the Lord tells us in his Word is for our good.

When the Lord spoke, Samuel listened. It's in our best interest to do the same thing. God has so much to tell us in the Bible: how he loves us, how he can help us, how he has a gracious plan for our lives. Our Lord said, "Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it" (Luke 11:28).


Lord Jesus, forgive me for the times when I have ignored, doubted or disobeyed your Word.  Give me a faith like Samuel so that I will always listen to your Word carefully and obey your Word faithfully. Amen.

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