We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Wisdom for Samuel

In the book of 1 Samuel, we read that Hannah asked the Lord for a child and was rewarded. She vowed to consecrate Samuel to the Lord’s service, and brought him to the temple when he was weaned. Many of us know the story–but have you found the hidden treasures buried within?

The Scriptures report:

“And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the LORD, and also with men” (1 Samuel 2:26).

What comes to mind when you read this verse? Perhaps you’ll recall verses describing Jesus, who grew in “wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” Do you see the similarity?

Yet there’s also an interesting disparity between the two descriptions. The Scripture does not report that Samuel grew in wisdom. Why?

The next chapter tells of Samuel’s encounter with the Lord. Sure that Eli is calling him, Samuel rises, only to go back to bed and hear the voice again. But we’re informed of something very important during this narrative:

“Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him” (1 Samuel 3:7).

Samuel was serving in the temple, and yet it appears that he did not yet know the revealed Lord in a personal way–thus his lack of wisdom. This stands to reason since the book of

Samuel is set during the days of the Judges, when every man is doing that which is right in his own eyes. This is also a day when a whole generation (including Samuel) grows up without knowing the LORD, nor the works that He has done.

But everything changed when God called Samuel’s name in the night hours. It was then that God revealed Himself through His Word. We are told that,

“. . . Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground . . . For the LORD revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh, by the Word of the LORD.” (1 Samuel 3:19, 21).

The years of gross moral decay during the period of the Judges now come to an end because one child took the Word of God seriously. The same can happen today, for, as D.L. Moody once said, “the world has not yet seen what God can do through one man, one woman, or one child, wholly committed unto Him.”

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