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Daily Devotion – May 30, 2018
05.30.18

1 Samuel 3:1-6

 

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.

At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 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! 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. The Lord called again, ‘Samuel!’ Samuel got up 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.’

 

Reflection by Ellen Green

 

Today’s reading reminds us that there is particular faith and wisdom to be found in both the young and the old. In this part of the biblical narrative Samuel is a young man. He has lived since infancy in the Temple, under the watchful eye and mentorship of his elder, the priest Eli. When Hannah put Samuel into Eli’s care, her intention was that Samuel’s life be devoted to serving God. However, no one expected that life of service to take the form of prophecy. Samuel hears God’s call, but he struggles to interpret it in his own.

Samuel is ready and willing to respond, but in his inexperience he doesn’t understand that the thing keeping him up at night is indeed the voice of God. Fortunately, Eli knows the stories of how God shows up in the world. Maybe Eli himself has spent a long time listening for the word of God. In his wisdom, Eli recognizes the work of God in Samuel. And though it threatens his own position of authority, Eli encourages Samuel to act faithfully according to the urging of God.

We too are called into communities of faith to reveal God to one another. May we be as willing as Samuel and as wise as Eli, that your word may be heard and shared.

 

Prayer

God, your Spirit moves in us and between us, weaving individuals into beloved community. We thank you for those who guide us toward you. Help us to hear your word when it is conveyed through others, challenging though it may be. Amen.



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