So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 1Samuel 3:19
What a magnificent man of God who was totally dedicated to the Lord’s ministry and had his ears tuned to the Lord at all times. God desires such people during these days that act according to His perfect will. The Lord blessed Hannah with Samuel because of her prayers in anguish. Hannah was blessed with five more children when she dedicated Samuel to the Lord.
Prophet Samuel listened and obeyed the Lord in every instant. His first prophecy came against Eli, the man of God who was to be replaced due to his corrupt son’s irreverence and wickedness towards God. Eli used to hear from the Lord in earlier days as he directs Samuel to respond to the Lord as in 1Samuel 3:8-9.
Eli received two prophecies from the Lord for rectification and repentance. The first prophecy was almost a strict word of warning against the dishonor and scorn made by Eli and his sons toward the Lord. It has always amazed me the way Eli responded to the prophecy from Prophet Samuel by saying, “It is the Lord. Let Him do what seems good to Him.” (1Samuel 3:18) Repentance was far from him which made this cold statement.
Sad to say, over the years his eyes became dim and his ears were faint to hear from the Lord as we read in 1Samuel 3:1 that there was no revelation during the days of Eli. It was at this point God wanted to replace Eli for Samuel. In 1Samuel 2:35 we read “Then I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who shall do according to what is in My heart and in My mind. I will build him a sure house, and he shall walk before My anointed forever.”
These are the days when God is going to replace many Eli(s) who have lost their vision and have turned deaf to God with men and women of God who are willing to do exactly what is in His heart. So let us keep the fire of the Holy Spirit burning within us and do His will and be a blessing to the world.