I have read the story of the Lord calling Samuel many times. But one day this week a phrase “jumped” out at me; “The Lord came and stood there.” He had called to Samuel three times and each time Samuel ran to Eli thinking it was he who called. Eli, realizing it was the Lord who called, instructed Samuel on what to say if it happened again. The boy returned to his mat. I Samuel 3:10 says “the Lord came and stood there.”
In verse three of this chapter we read “the lamp of God had not yet gone out.” This indicates that it was just before dawn. (It was a violation of the Pentateuchal law for the lamp in the temple to go out before morning.)
Young Samuel acknowledged the presence of the Lord in his room and answered “speak, for your servant is listening” The Lord told Samuel that He was about to do something that “would make the ears of everyone who hears of it tingle.” (Unfortunately the message was about punishment for Eli and his family. But, from that day forward, Samuel was recognized as a prophet who spoke words of truth.)
What is it that gets you up in the morning? Is it your alarm or your calling? Wouldn’t you be excited if very early in the morning you sensed the presence of the Lord in your room? Would you recognize His voice? Would your ears “tingle?” Would His message to you be a good message?
God’s Word says He is the same; yesterday, today and forever. That means we can feel His presence and hear His voice just like little Samuel. His Word also indicates that His eyes search around the earth looking for someone who is fully committed to Him; someone He can fellowship with (I Chronicles 16:9). And, Zephaniah 3:17 says He takes delight in you, He will quiet you with His love and rejoice over you with singing. If you are His child, you can rest safely in His care.
Walk close, learn to hear His voice in the early morning and let Him make your ears tingle!