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. Samuel served God his entire life and it began from the time he was a child. 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 maintained a close and personal walk with the Lord. As a child, Samuel served the Lord (I Samuel 3:21). While in his mother’s (Hannah) womb Samuel was dedicated to the Lord. As soon as she weened him, she brought him to the Temple to Eli (I Samuel 1:27-28). 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. Three times the Scriptures reveal that he ministered while being a child (I Samuel 2:11, 18: 3:1). 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 a part 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 the will of God, God solves the problems. God will supply your needs (Philippians 4:19).
Samuel established an intimate relationship with God, and he enjoyed a lifetime of fellowship with the Lord. Samuel heard the message because his obedient heart was in harmony with the heart of God. God wants us to pursue close fellowship with Him. He wants us to spend time in the Scriptures, in supplications and in the sanctuary. We should approach the Bible with the mindset as Samuel (I Samuel 3:9), always ready to hear and respond to prompting of the Holy Spirit. 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. What is bred into youth always shows up in adulthood. Children who grow up serving the Lord do not look at ministry as an interruption or interference when they become adults. What the church needs today are more children who will serve more that idly sit by. May God give us men who would establish a relationship with Him early in their lives, and who serve the Lord all the days of their lives. May God give us more godly leaders who would be a guiding light to minister to us as the days grow darker. Without godly leaders, God's people will go astray. They have no models of righteousness. They have no one to teach them how to live consistent Christian lives. God expects His men to lead consistent, Christ-like lives before Him for His peoplefor the purpose that they will know how to live and to lead exemplary lives in our families, churches, neighborhoods, and places of employment.
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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