Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down: and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, Speak Lord for your servant hears,” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 1 Samuel 3:9 NKJV
A woman named Hannah was barren. She was married to a man who had two wives. The other wife gave her husband children. She taunted and teased Hannah. They became bitter rivals. God gave Hannah a desire to have a child of her own.
Hannah made a vow to give the child back to God if He blessed her with a son. She promised her son would be set apart and dedicated to serving God all of his life. The Lord answered Hannah’s prayer. She kept her vow.
Hannah took Samuel to live in the tabernacle to minister before the Lord. He lived there with the priests. God rewarded Hannah by giving her other sons and daughters.
God deposited the greatest desire of Hannah’s heart into her hands. She trusted Him enough to let go!
What dreams and desires has God put into your heart?
Are you willing to let God do as He pleases with your dreams and desires? Hannah did. God blessed her beyond her wildest dreams. She asked the Lord for a son. He gave her four sons and two daughters.
God can use the smallest acts of obedience to do great and mighty things. Samuel was a man who placed God first in all he did. God raised him up to be a great prophet.
Samuel did not recognize the voice of God the first or second time the Lord called Him. He did not recognize the voice of God until someone who knew The Lord told him God was calling him.
Jesus is calling you to give Him first place in all you do today. He is calling you to speak to people who do not know Him today. Jesus wants you to tell people His greatest desire is to live in a loving relationship with them.
If you give God the desires of your heart He will bless you beyond your wildest dreams. He will bless you because He loves you.
God will bless other people through your acts of obedience. He will bless them because He loves them!
You do not have to be a prophet to serve Jesus. You do not have to make a vow or take an oath. Seek Jesus. Answer the call to go and make disciples in your corner of the world. You will be blessed. People will be saved.
Jesus will be lifted up and glorified. Will you glorify Him with your dreams and desires?
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