By Ann Cooke
We live in a “me, me, me” society today. It’s so easy to get caught up in only thinking about ourselves because of what we see on billboards, commercials and various advertisements. This concept bombards us from all directions.< !
I’ve even seen t-shirts with the words,”It’s all about me”! So it’s no wonder we demand “What have you done for me lately?” We have been conditioned to think only of “me” and therefore we tend to become (more…)
Samuel—“Tuned In” To God In a World That Is “Tuned Out”
by Christy Pearce
“It’s a boy!”
The sonogram revealed the sex of our third child, and we were thrilled to welcome some “snakes and snails” to our duo of “sugar and spice.”
I began asking God what our first baby boy’s name should be. He took me to this powerful passage about the prophet Samuel. When I read the words at the beginning of Chapter 3, I got chills.
In a time when it was a rare thing for God to come to people, “Then the Lord called Samuel.”
I wanted God to work in my son’s life like that. I knew right away we would call my sweet boy “Samuel.”
Little did I know I’d be calling my Samuel over and over again to no avail. Sometimes, that stinker completely tunes out the sound of my voice and runs in the opposite direction.
But not the Samuel of the scriptures. No—when he heard God’s voice call his name, he “tuned in” and presented himself as a ready servant.
“The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. Then the Lord called Samuel.” 1 Samuel 3:1, 4 (NIV)
Asked of God
Samuel was born to Hannah, a woman whose womb had been “closed by the Lord.” But that didn’t stop Hannah from asking (more…)