For the next two weeks our daily devotion series will be following the story of King David.
If you have some extra time in the holiday season there is an opportunity to read the whole story of King David as told in the books 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel and the start of 1 Kings. We have divided the story into twelve sections so that you can cover the whole story. The daily devotion will be a verse or verses from each day’s section.
1 Samuel 3:10
The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’
Then Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’
Today we start with the call of Samuel, who was the prophet who eventually chose David to be the second king of Israel.
The story of God calling the boy Samuel in the night is a popular Bible story for children in Sunday school. The basic lesson that we should be willing to listen to God is a safe and positive message suitable for all ages.
It is good to be willing to listen to God. God can speak to us through the Bible, through the words of other people or directly to us. God can never contradict what he has said in the Bible, so becoming familiar with the Bible will help us to discern the difference between the voice of God and our own thoughts.
However, if we look at the verses immediately after 1 Samuel 3:10, we see the part that often gets missed out when the story is told to children. God was telling Samuel that judgment was about to fall on Samuel’s guardian Eli, because Eli’s sons had been behaving badly and Eli had failed to control them.
How would we respond if God asked us to do something that would make us unpopular with our boss?
It is one thing to be willing to listen to God. But the bigger challenge comes when God tells us something disturbing or asks us to confront someone with an uncomfortable truth.
The story of David: Part 1 Read 1 Samuel chapters 1 to 7.
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(David will not appear in the story until Thursday, but the first three days are an important introduction, setting the historical context.)