Reference text: 1 Samuel 3:1-10; 19-20
1 Samuel 3:10 And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.
There are a number of parcel delivery services available, many of whom pride themselves in their ability to deliver on time. But if there is a trait many delivery people lack, it is patience. After the first attempt, they will try again then probably, a third. But any more misses, and you will have to pay extra for delivery or go pick up the item yourself from their nearest office.
Seeing that God had no problem coming back till His voice was recognised, God must have really wanted Samuel on his team since He went as far as calling him a fourth time, given the fact that there rarely was any communication from Him in those days. That was persistence much similar to when a team goes all out to land a particular footballer.
Samuel was needed for big business and we see God ensuring that ‘no word of Samuel fell to the ground’ (V.20) His purpose for being so persistent with Samuel was because His voice was unknown to the young lad, hence we may ask: what about us? Should we also expect those same repetitive call-outs from God as He strives for our attention? And do we leave him waiting till we respond to His voice?
My dear, Samuel responded on the fourth call because only then, had he recognised the voice of God. We on the other hand, do not respond because we choose to ignore that same voice already known to us. Beloved, God may be patient with us, but in His patience, we need to remember that time does not stop and you may just run out of time while God awaits your response.
Remember # ‘Oh that today you will listen to His voice, harden not your heart ‘