1 Samuel 3: 15-21…. A hard call!

Samuel lay until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” And he said, “Here I am.” And Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.” 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.”
And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established as a prophet of the LORD. And the LORD appeared again at Shiloh, for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the LORD.

Comment: Samuel got up to do his morning duties, I suspect, all the time hoping that Eli wouldn’t ask what had happened! But Eli doesn’t ask for the information in a gentle way. ‘If you hide it from me and it is bad news may that bad news fall on your head,’ he says. Eli must have suspected that it was likely to be a follow on from the news that he had recently received himself. Samuel tells all, and Eli accepts it, knowing that God is able and will do what He says.

Samuel continues to grow in stature both physically and is now seen as a prophet by all of the twelve tribes of Israel. Shiloh becomes the centre of Samuel’s ministry and God continues to converse with him. What He had said came to pass later.

Prayer: Samuel seemed just a weaned child, but in Your hands he has become great. I don’t seek to become great, but I do desire to be found faithful!

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