Babies and Children 7

This post is Day 7 in a series of studies about “Babies and Children”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Babies and Children – Day 7

1 Samuel 3:4

Then the Lord called Samuel.

The Thought

This is one of the shortest verses in our Bibles, but what an important verse it is. The Lord calls each of us, but few of us have heard His voice so clearly as Samuel did that night. This young boy had learned well from Eli and was closer than a son to the ageing priest, but he did not imagine that God would call him by his name in the middle of the night. He supposed it was Eli. His reaction was to run to Eli’s bedside and ask what he needed. That happened three times before Eli realised that his young servant was hearing the voice of The Lord.

As we read of Samuel’s response the Bible tells us that The Lord came and stood there, calling as at other times “Samuel. Samuel” (1 Samuel 3:10)!

Samuel was one of the first to see Jesus before most people had ever heard of Him! What a privilege. Samuel went on to live his life for God, becoming one of the best known prophets, with two Old Testament books carrying his name.

What a future God has for those children dedicated to Him at birth! Really dedicated, by believing parents, not just because it is a church ritual or family tradition. God can, and often does reach those children later in life. He has His plans for every baby born in the earth.


Praise God today for all that Samuel left us in his two books.

Read 1 Samuel 3 and imagine the scene as Samuel woke, and without thinking ran to Eli!

Imagine for a moment God calling you by name. What would your reaction be?

Many years ago we met a Christian teenager who woke one night with God telling him to go downstairs to pray. The boy was reluctant, it was a cold night and he was warm in bed, but he obeyed. He opened the door to the lounge, and there was Jesus sitting on the sofa waiting for him!

Praise The Lord that He is still a God of surprises!

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