Daily Devotional Saturday 6th November 2021

by William Moody

1 Samuel 3

The Lord Calls Samuel

3:1 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.

At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own 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, and he said, “Here I am!” 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.

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.” Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.

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. 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.” 11 Then the LORD said to Samuel, “Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which the two ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. 12 On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. 13 And I declare to him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God,1 and he did not restrain them. 14 Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.”

15 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. 16 But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” And he said, “Here I am.” 17 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.” 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. 20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established as a prophet of the LORD. 21 And the LORD appeared again at Shiloh, for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the LORD.


[1] 3:13 Or blaspheming for themselves


The lack of God speaking was a sign of judgement (v1). One of the most gracious things God can ever do is to speak to His people. Now things were about to change and God in His mercy was going to speak again.

Eli’s weak physical eyesight was surely a sign of his poor spiritual sight as well (v2-3). They were going through the normal routine but now God was going to break in in a truly glorious way.

The Lord speaks to Samuel in an audible voice four times (v4-10). This was very unusual and something normally reserved for God’s chosen prophets. This was a sign of Samuel being called to be a prophet of God.

Samuel didn’t recognise the voice of God; he was thinking it just to be Eli’s voice. Do you know the voice of God? Does God speak to you clearly in His word? Samuel was going to be used to turn a nation upside down and for that to happen he needed to receive God’s word to himself.

To be of any spiritual use we need to be those who daily are feeding on and being transformed by the Word of God. Is God’s word an alive and transforming power in your life?

Eli must have been so aware that Samuel being called was his family being passed over. if we are faithless we can be passed over in service.


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