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Week 13 Day 4
many things demand our attention
perhaps like the boy Samuel
lying down to sleep
is when we are most vulnerable
to the Lord's voice
when the words of the day fall silent
when the room is nearly darkened
when only the shadows remain
when we wrap ourselves in familiar covers
when the rhythmic breathing
signals sleep is near
when the feeling of falling
alerts us again
in the quiet the Lord speaks with us
reviewing the day
planning with us
to speak kindly
to love joyfully
to correct gently
to give graciously
to work peacefully
to listen patiently
to serve faithfully
A SLEEPLESS NIGHTOut of the darkness came the voice of God with a message.
I Samuel 2 & 3
22Eli was very old; and he heard everything his sons did to
all Israel. 23So he said to them, "Why do you do such things?
I hear of your evil dealings. 24No, my sons! It is not a good
report I hear. You make the Lord's people transgress.''
25Nevertheless they did not heed their father.
1Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli.
The word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. 2 It came to pass 4that the Lord called Samuel. 5So he ran to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." Eli said, "I did not call; lie down again." 6The Lord called again, "Samuel!" Samuel went to Eli, and said, "Here I am, for you called me." Eli answered, "I did not call, my son; lie down again." 8The Lord called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli, saying, "Here I am, for you did call me." Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy. 9So Eli said, "Go, lie down; and if He calls you, say, 'Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.'" So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" And Samuel answered, "Speak for Your servant hears." The Lord said to Samuel: "Behold, I will do something in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. 12 I will perform against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house. 13 I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knows, because his sons made themselves vile, and he did not restrain them."
15So Samuel lay down until morning, and opened the doors
of the house of the Lord. Samuel was afraid to tell Eli the vision.
16Then Eli called Samuel and said, "Samuel, my son!" He
answered, "Here I am." 17And he said, "What is the word that
the Lord spoke to you? Please do not hide it from me. God do so to you, and more also, if you hide anything from me of all the things that He said to you." 18Then Samuel told him
everything. And Eli said, "It is the Lord. Let Him do what seems good to Him."
19So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20All Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of the Lord. 21Then the Lord appeared again in Shiloh. For the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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