1 Samuel 3

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.


  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read 1 Samuel 3


The Lord called Samuel.

“In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions,” (v.1) is an introductory statement to describe the life of Israel, together with priest Eli’s condition, weak eyes barely see and lying down in his place. Their spiritual life and relationship with God was poor. “The lamp of God had not yet gone out,” (v.3) indicates that the spirit of God was still there among them. And God called Samuel.

“Word and vision,” here are essentially the same thing, a revelation from God. The lamp of God burned all night, the time was just before dawn. The lamp was near the ark of God, symbolizing the presence and power of God.

Samuel was twelve years old at this time, which was parallel with the age of Jesus when he discoursed in the temple at Jerusalem (Luke 2:40-52). 

God called Samuel to reveal the judgement against Eli family. It was evident that God would renew the covenant through Samuel by calling him rather than Eli when the word of the Lord was rare.  The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up. God chose him to speak so that none of the words of the Lord fell to the ground. It revealed God’s sovereign grace. Samuel became known and trusted throughout all the land as a man who spoke for God.

We can learn from this story about our spiritual practice of listening to the word of God. Before reading and meditating the word of God, pray this, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.”  Prayer is communion with God, being aware of his presence.

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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