1 Samuel 2:18-21
18 But the boy Samuel served the Lord. He wore a sacred linen apron. 19 Each year his mother made him a little robe. She took it to him when she went up to Shiloh with her husband. She did it when her husband went to offer the yearly sacrifice. 20 Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife. He would say, “May the Lord give you children by this woman. May they take the place of the boy she prayed for and gave to the Lord.” Then they would go home. 21 The Lord was gracious to Hannah. Over a period of years she had three more sons and two daughters. During that whole time the boy Samuel grew up serving the Lord.
What really strikes me in the opening of this passage is verse 18, “But Samuel… served the Lord.” It has the implication that despite what was happening around him and the separation he had from his family, Samuel chose to serve and follow God’s leading.
His age was not a barrier. His circumstances were not a barrier. He was submissive to God and served Him faithfully. When reading this verse in the International Children’s Bible it says, “But Samuel obeyed the Lord”. This brings to light that we serve God by obeying Him. I am challenged to look at how I live day to day, and reflect on whether or not I am obeying what God asks of me.
God, I Thank You that You are guiding me today. Please help me to follow Your leading and obey You despite my circumstances. In Jesus’ name.
Written by Laura Samperi