Topic: We must seek to have clarity of direction and vision for our lives in the year 2019.
Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation.
1 Samuel 3: 1 (NKJV)
To Read All The Bible In The Year 2019
1 Samuel 3: 1 (NIV) – 1 The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.
1 Samuel 3: 1 (NLT) – 1 Meanwhile, the boy Samuel served the Lord by assisting Eli. Now in those days messages from the Lord were very rare, and visions were quite uncommon.
Thoughts of Devotion:
In times when it seemed that there was no clarity of vision, or a clear message from the Holy Spirit for his people, God raised up a young man named Samuel! A young man who since his birth was consecrated to serve in the temple, and to minister to the Lord. In 1 Samuel 2:11 he tells us, “Then Elkanah went to his house at Ramah. But the child ministered to the Lord before Eli the priest.” God had begun the process of preparation to reveal himself to his life, to give him a clear message, Samuel was to be a voice in times when there was a scarcity of revelation of God’s plan for his people. Since the time of Moses there had been no prophet on the earth.
But this darkness was about to change, there was a new dawn in the prophetic clock of God. We see that the young Samuel, to only be between 12 and 16 years old, was already a candidate to receive the revelation of God’s plan! He had already learned to minister in the presence of Jehovah, his desire was to serve the Lord, to fulfill his ministry, to live a life dedicated to the purposes of God. We see in 1 Samuel 3:10 that the anticipated moment arrived, God calls Samuel and gives him the message and the vision for his generation, “Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”
Can you this morning express the same words of young Samuel, speak because your servant hears! Having a docile ear to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit will be the only way we can know the perfect will of God for our lives. I ask you, do you really want to receive all the revelation of God’s plan for your life in 2019? This will require that you spend daily time in communion with the Holy Spirit. By ministering to the Lord and having a relentless pursuit, a passion for his presence is that you will no doubt receive the vision of God for your life and ministry.
1 Samuel 2:11 (NKJV) – 11 Then Elkanah went to his house at Ramah. But the child ministered to the Lord before Eli the priest.”
1 Samuel 2:18 (NKJV) – 18 But Samuel ministered before the Lord, even as a child, wearing a linen ephod.
1 Samuel 3:15 (NKJV) – 15 So Samuel lay down until morning, and opened the doors of the house of the Lord. And Samuel was afraid to tell Eli the vision.
Psalm 74: 9 (NKJV) – 9 We do not see our signs; There is no longer any prophet; Nor is there any among us who knows how long.
Ezekiel 7:26 (NKJV) – 26 Disaster will come upon disaster, And rumor will be upon rumor. Then they will seek a vision from a prophet; But the law will perish from the priest, And counsel from the elders.
Amos 8: 11-12 (NKJV) – 11 Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water,But of hearing the words of the Lord. 12 They shall wander from sea to sea, And from north to east; They shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord, Butshall not find it.
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