20th Day – Keep calling
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 3:10
Today we have finished one-fifth of our journey. During the past 19 days, we have gone throught the creation of the world, the creation of human beings, the fallen of human beings, the great flood, God’s calling on Abraham, the exdous, ten commandments, conquering of the Promised Land and the period of Judges. Today, we have the first of the major prophets—Samuel.
Prophets are the messagers of God. In the Old Testament time, certain people are chosen as the speakers of God. They can hear God voice therefore pass the words that God wants to speak to his people, or sometimes empowered by the spirit of God. There are several great prophets in the Bible history such as Samuel, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, John the Baptist and so on. Samuel is the first of the great prophets. He anointed King Saul and King David–first two kings of the kings of Israel.
Samuel was exordinary even before he was born. His mother, Hannah couldn’t bear any children for many years. Once she prayed to God eagerly for a child and she promised to God she would offer the life of her child to God. God answered her prayer by giving her boy. She kept her promise and offered her child to the temple of the Lord.
Samuel was raised in the temple and when he was about 13 years old, God calls on him in this verse. It says ‘calling as at the other times’. In fact God called Samuel for four times before Samuel realised it was God’s voice (He thought it was the voice of the chief priest). Just think of the times when you call someone else on phone, will you keep calling that person until he answered? Probably not. Or trying to remember when was the last time you called a person for more than three times before he or she answered? Was the phone call a matter of emergency? Do you understand what I am trying to say? God kept calling him because he had a great job to offer to Samuel.
As what I have mentioned yesterday, I believe God has a calling on everyone of us and he will keep calling us until we answer it like what he did to Samuel. Maybe at this moment we are just like Samuel who once didn’t recognise his voice.