To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
May/June 2016 Issue – The Presence of God, ‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
1 Samuel 3:1-19 (NIVUK): ”The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.
One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was.
Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, ‘Here I am.’ And he ran to Eli and said, ‘Here I am; you called me.’ But Eli said, ‘I did not call; go back and lie down.’ So he went and lay down. Again the Lord called, ‘Samuel!’ And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, ‘Here I am; you called me.’ ‘My son,’ Eli said, ‘I did not call; go back and lie down.’
Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.
A third time the Lord called, ‘Samuel!’ And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, ‘Here I am; you called me.’ Then Eli realised that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, ‘Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Then Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’
And the Lord said to Samuel: ‘See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle. At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family – from beginning to end. For I told him that I would judge his family for ever because of the sin he knew about; his sons uttered blasphemies against God, and he failed to restrain them. Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, “The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.”’
Samuel lay down until morning and then opened the doors of the house of the Lord. He was afraid to tell Eli the vision, but Eli called him and said, ‘Samuel, my son.’ Samuel answered, ‘Here I am.’
‘What was it he said to you?’ Eli asked. ‘Do not hide it from me. May God deal with you, be it ever so severely, if you hide from me anything he told you.’ So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, ‘He is the Lord; let him do what is good in his eyes.’
The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground.”
Selwyn starts today’s study with more advice on how we should conduct our quiet time with our Lord.
He writes: “How then can we make the best of our quiet time? Another suggestion is that after reading the Bible you should sit quietly in the Lord’s presence and ask, ‘Father, have You anything to say to me?’ Sometimes God may have something special and personal to say to you arising from your reading of His Word. …
Here is another suggestion have a notebook and a pen near at hand in case God says something specific to you that you’ll want to remember.”
I guess that there are a number of people who don’t believe that God speaks to His people in a special and personal way. They tend to think that this may have been the case with the prophets in the Old Testament and with the disciples after the resurrection of Jesus but after the end of the apostolic age, this form of communication between God and His people does not normally occur. It’s my opinion that this view is wrong.
We, as followers of Jesus, have an relationship with our Father where He will communicate with us in an appropriate way – depending on the circumstances – and, some times that may be through verbal communication. Your thoughts?
[I met with my oncologist yesterday; the chemotherapy that I’m on is no longer working and is damaging my liver. Consequently, I’m stopping treatment – totally in the hands of God. Not sure how much longer I can write these notes – but I’ll continue for as long as I can – if God wills.]