An Early Start
No matter the age, God desires us to have a willing heart. Some of the most capable, talented people have been rejected for use by God, because of being unpliable, self-
One night, the sleeping boy was awakened by a voice that called him. Thinking it was his master, he ran to see what he had been summoned to do. The awakened priest sent him away; as he had not called for him. Again, the voice called out his name, "Samuel." Once again, the youngster ran to Eli. He was promptly sent back. Later the child was awakened a third time by the same voice. This time the priest felt the Lord may have been calling the child. The bible, as we know it was not given to the people at that time, and God spoke to men and women of God audibly many times. Eli thought this was one of those times. He advised the child, if he was called again to answer, "Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth." The voice spoke to the child the fourth time, and he responded as he had been instructed. It was from this first step of obedience, that God first used this boy. He would later be a great man of God. His life would soon be changed, because he availed himself to be used and obeyed. This young man was used of God because:
He Submitted To Authority And Obeyed His Guardian And God.
He did not live with his parents, but he obeyed Eli as he would have his parents I Samuel 3:4-
He Was Truthful.
The message that God gave young Samuel was that God was going to kill both of Eli’s sons I Samuel 3:12-
He Had A Good Testimony.
Shortly, much of Israel could see that Samuel was much different from Eli’s son. They knew that he was a prophet sent from God; even though he was young I Samuel3:20.
He Was Trusted By God.
All throughout the two books of Samuel, one can read the mighty things God performed through his obedient servant Samuel. His life of service, all started because he was willing and he obeyed. Several thousands of years have passed since this story occurred. God, however, has not changed. There is much that God still wants done in this world. God chooses to use people to perform many of his tasks for the inhabitants of His creation. He is still looking for those that would have the same willing and obedient attitude of young Samuel. Saying "no" to a simple request from God, can sever a life time of being used of God. One that wants to be used by God should submit to authorities over him / her, be truthful, be a good example of a Christian whom God uses. An early start in obeying God is building a strong foundation for the future.