Day 20 Devotion – Through the Bible in 90 Days

Day 20 – 1 Samuel 2:30 – 15:35 – I’ve always enjoyed reading Samuel’s call to be a prophet. Three times God has to speak to Samuel. Three times he thinks it was Eli who was calling him. Two times Eli says no, go back to sleep. It’s only on the third time that Eli realizes that it is God who is speaking, and tells Samuel to listen unto God.

Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.” Samuel runs into where Eli is sleeping and says, “Here I am, you called me.” I can hear Eli saying; I did not call you. Go back to bed.

Second time; God: Samuel!” Again, Samuel goes into Eli. “Here I am, you called me.” Eli: I did not call you! Go back to bed! Go back to sleep!

Third time; God: Samuel! And again Samuel goes into Eli and says; “Here I am, you called me.” It’s only then that Eli realizes that it is God who is calling Eli and Eli tells him to listen to all God has to tell him.

How many times has God called us to do something and we thought; not me. God must be calling ___________. (You can insert the name of a good Christian friend.)

Many of you know, so may not but it took God two times, before I heard the call to Forsyth. Two times because I thought God was calling me to be an associate pastor, in pastoral care. Little did I know he was calling me to be Pastor to a particular group of people and to the community at large. When I finally really heard the call to be pastor of Community Presbyterian Church, it was a very clear call. I heard God saying; “Dennis, I want you to go to Forsyth and pastor the people there.” Glad I listened the second time.

Can you recall a time when God was calling you to do something and it took two or three times before you really heard the call? Or better yet, is God calling you to do something special for him and you’ve heard him knocking at your door but you continue to refuse to open the door and walk out with him?

“Here I Am” is a favorite hymn of mine. Enjoy it as a part of my devotions today.

And all God’s people say; “Here I am. Guide me. Use me. Send me.” Amen.

Reading Day 21 – 1st Samuel 16:1 – 28:19 (In this reading we’ll hear of God’s call for David to be king of Israel.)

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