What if? What if God is calling and you don’t realize or recognize it? What if your response is wrong?
1 Samuel 3 gives us the story of a young man that is being trained in the things of religion/church, his name is Samuel, his mentor Eli. The passage details the process of God trying to communicate with Samuel; here are some awesome details of the journey that Samuel takes in recognizing his calling.
A: Samuel is lying by the ark. Positioning yourself in places for God to speak to you is a great priority for this process! Don’t blame your lack of exposure or experience on God, if you have failed to analyze your sphere of influence (environment).
B: When he heard his name, he ran! Keep your ‘running spirit’ when it comes to your passion to hear His voice in your life! Don’t ever lose your anticipation for GREATER things! Run 🙂
C: Don’t quit on your calling (next level) – Samuel tried 3x before he got direction from Eli on the proper response! Just because you don’t ‘figure it all out’ initially doesn’t mean you aren’t called! Try again! Don’t let ‘failed’ faith stop you from running again the 2nd or 3rd (or 100th) time in your life!
D: Be open to correction – Maybe one simple step is missing from your success. Eli gives Samuel one point of direction that helps determine his destiny. Be willing to let correction shape your course – Most callings will always go through seasons of correction.
E: Are you ready to listen? 10 Then God came and stood before him exactly as before, calling out, “Samuel! Samuel!” Samuel answered, “Speak. I’m your servant, ready to listen.” – Notice the story tells us it was the ‘exactly the same’ as before…..what if the situation or calling is not what needs changed but you/I?
He’s ready! Are you?