1 Samuel 3:5-10
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. A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” 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.”
Saul replied, “I have sinned.(AH) But please honor(AI) me before the elders of my people and before Israel; come back with me, so that I may worship the Lord your God.” 31 So Samuel went back with Saul, and Saul worshiped the Lord.
32 Then Samuel said, “Bring me Agag king of the Amalekites.”
Agag came to him in chains.[c] And he thought, “Surely the bitterness of death is past.”
33 But Samuel said,
“As your sword has made women childless,
so will your mother be childless among women.”
And Samuel put Agag to death before the Lord at Gilgal.
Remember Samuel? To me Samuel represents God’s order, God’s instruction, God’s plans, God’s detail, God’s perfection. Remember when God told Samuel to tell Saul he was to kill every Amekelite? And he didn’t. Then Samuel came and told him how bad he messed up. What was Saul thinking? He certainly wasn’t doing it out of evil, he was going to have an offering for God after all. Well, I guess that doesn’t matter does it. We owe God nothing, what can we possibly give him that He hasn’t created. I wonder if Saul was acting on his own intuition, (did that hit you) sometimes we tend to cross our wires when it comes to following God’s instruction and plan or acting on our own behalf. Samuel knew how to follow God’s instruction, how do we know, well, right after letting Saul know of the travesty he had caused he called for the king and he took his sword and killed him. He didn’t explain himself, he didn’t have any word to say, simply God had spoken and Saul didn’t follow through, therefore leaving Samuel to act on what God had instructed. I can totally picture Samuel faithful to God just fuming at the report that Saul didn’t follow God’s plan. I can see Samuel walking in and just doing exactly what God wanted him to do without a doubt and without lingering. Do you linger? After you hear God speak? Has he ever asked you to do something or say something and you lingered? Or waited around to see if it was really God (which in most cases He will ask us to do what we least want to do) Have you ever started to follow God’s instruction and then threw in your two cents? Or thought if you changed something it would be better? I know I have. Didn’t turn out well, because I didn’t follow the instruction and because honestly how is my plan better than my Creators. How do we become like Samuel? We do what he did. Even at the beginning Samuel didn’t recognize God’s voice, but when he was told it was God and then God called again, he answered. If we’re not sure if it’s God’s voice it’s okay to ask for guidance and it’s okay to ask God to keep calling our name, but we must always answer, unwavering of what our instructions are. What happens when we do? We become aligned with our Creator, we leave room for Him to move in our lives and He anoints us to greater things. Whatever God is asking you to do, do it. If He’s been calling your name and you haven’t answered, ask Him to call you one more time and be prepared to say, Speak, for your servant is listening. It’s all starts at the beginning of God’s instruction.
Father in Heaven, Most high God, wonderful Creator, forgive me for interfering in your plans, forgive me for not answering to your call immediately, forgive me for running towards other things faster than I do to you. Lord I am here to say, Speak. Lord give the wisdom and discernment I need to follow through on your commands. I want to hear your voice so distinctly that I do not miss it. I thank you and I receive your forgiveness because that is who you are. Thank you. In Jesus name Amen.
1 Samuel 3:5-10