Great Men of the Bible Series: Samuel (I Samuel 9:6; 25:1)
I Samuel 9:6, And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh surely to pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he can shew us our way that we should go.
I Samuel 25:1, And Samuel died; and all the Israelites were gathered together, and lamented him, and buried him in his house at Ramah. And David arose, and went down to the wilderness of Paran.
Samuel is first called a “man of God.” He is described as honorable. Everything he said came to pass. He also is called a Seer, which means one who ‘perceived’ or ‘saw’ spiritually. It came to be another name for a prophet which Samuel came more commonly to be called. God honored the life and legacy of Samuel. He was honored and respected throughout his life (I Samuel 9:6; 25:1).
Samuel was wise and godly and had a close and personal walk with the Lord. His mother dedicated him to God before he was ever born. The name Samuel means “asked of God”. Hannah knew that Samuel was a gift and a responsibility from God. God used Samuel in a special way because He honored Hannah’s faith and commitment. As a young child, Samuel heard God’s calling on his life and answered Him. When you walk in wisdom, you are bringing honor to your parents and placing yourself in position to receive God’s blessings. Samuel was dedicated to the Lord as a child by his God-fearing mother. While the world is fascinated by achievements and records of men, God is interested in the character of a person.
1. Samuel was a Man of Prayer.
Samuel, like his mother, was a prayer warrior. The power of a praying parent lasts long after children have left the home. Samuel faithfully prayed for Israel. When the nation’s back was against the wall, it was Samuel who prayed all night long for God to intercede and the Lord answered his prayers.
2. Samuel was a Man of Praise.
When the Philistines had stolen the Ark of God, it was Samuel who led the people in prayer and when the Ark was returned, he led them in praises. The Ark of God was symbolic of God’s presence, power, and promise.
3. Samuel was a Man of Perception.
Samuel has the privilege of anointing one of Israel’s most godly kings. When Samuel anointed David, he was pouring out the power of God on him. In the Old Testament, anointing with oil symbolized the setting apart of a person for divine service. When God calls, He equips for service. If God wants you to do something for Him, He will give you the ability and strength to do it. The key trait is to be willing. When the servant of God is in His will , God solves his problems. God will supply your needs (Philippians 4:19).
We need more men of God like Samuel who stand firm as circumstances close in around them. Even when confronted with an entire nation's wishes and mounting pressure to pursue a path different from God's direction, Samuel maintained an unwavering stand in the name of the Lord. Because we are always one generation away from complete ignorance of the Lord, it is vital that men like Samuel assume the role for which they have been called as men of God.
PRAYER: Father, let me begin today by honoring You as my heavenly Father. Thank You for the parents You gave me. Thank You for the gifts and lessons You brought into my life through them. In Jesus name, AMEN.
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