1 Samuel 3:21 (NIV)
“The LORD continued to appear at Shiloh, and there He revealed himself to Samuel through His Word.”
So many people are in the dark about what to do and where to go. These days have led many into despair and confusion. There is a Word from God that reveals to us exactly what we need to know.
Samuel was a young man who lived in the times when the priests of Israel were immoral. They slept with women at the temple, stole from those who came to give their offerings, and abused many by forcing them into acts of immorality. The leaders who knew what was happening.
Theft and immorality were the common practice of those who were supposed to lead Israel to worship Yahweh.
The truth had fallen into the streets, and no one cared. Enter a young boy named Samuel. His name means “God hears.”
Samuel was a miracle baby, given to Hannah and her husband as a direct result of Hannah’s prayers. When Samuel was old enough, Hannah brought him to the temple, presented him to the Lord, and left him under the care of Eli, the high priest. It would be in the temple that Samuel would hear God speak to him.
The question we must answer is, “How did God make himself known to Samuel?” Our answer comes rather quickly in the story of Samuel’s life. We find our solution after reading three chapters of I Samuel. God revealed himself to Samuel through His Word. Whenever Samuel would meditate on the Law, God would speak to him from the pages of the Law, and he would know what to do.
Now we see our reason to rejoice is the same as Samuel’s. Whenever we read and meditate on God’s Word, we also will hear God speak to us from His Word, and we will know what God wants us to do. God is not playing hide and seek with us. He desires to show us who He is, but we have to take the time to read and meditate and seek Him.
Whenever you read God’s Word, read it with an open heart and a listening ear. Perhaps this prayer can serve as a guide for you to grow in your knowledge of our great God as you read his Word.
“Father in heaven, please show me who you are as I read and meditate in your Word. Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”
Let us rejoice and give Him glory, for He has chosen to reveal himself to us through His Word just as he did to Samuel. His ways have not changed. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever!