Messages from the Lord were rare and visions were uncommon. This is one of the sad statements in the Bible. There truly comes a time in a nations history where there simply not much more to say. Such was the case in Israel. People were still doing the church thing. The priests were obviously staying busy enough. But the nation had taken an attitude that God was simply there and did not have an active role in their lives. And God gave them what they wanted—he left them alone. But, like any parent, God had had enough. He knew it was time to discipline the priests and change the attitude of his people. He would start at the priests and then work through the nation.
In our lives, we need to be the most concerned when things go quiet. When we are facing trials and temptation we know God is still taking an active role in our lives. But, when things go quiet it is a picture of God simply leaving us alone. Our nation has pushed God out of governance, out of school, out of the military and out of families. The obvious consequence is that God will leave us alone. We cannot afford God to leave this nation alone. Without him we will perish. In our homes, we cannot afford for God to leave us alone—we will certainly perish. We need to pray that God will forgive us and restore himself as the leader of our families and our nation. Please Lord, forgive us an retake an active role in our nation and in our families.
God Bless You
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. 2 One night Eli, who was almost blind by now, had gone to bed. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was sleeping in the Tabernacle[a] near the Ark of God. 4 Suddenly the Lord called out, “Samuel!” “Yes?” Samuel replied. “What is it?” 5 He got up and ran to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?” “I didn’t call you,” Eli replied. “Go back to bed.” So he did. 6 Then the Lord called out again, “Samuel!” Again Samuel got up and went to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?” “I didn’t call you, my son,” Eli said. “Go back to bed.”
7 Samuel did not yet know the Lord because he had never had a message from the Lord before. 8 So the Lord called a third time, and once more Samuel got up and went to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?” Then Eli realized it was the Lord who was calling the boy. 9 So he said to Samuel, “Go and lie down again, and if someone calls again, say, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went back to bed. 10 And the Lord came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!”
And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.”
11 Then the Lord said to Samuel, “I am about to do a shocking thing in Israel. 12 I am going to carry out all my threats against Eli and his family, from beginning to end. 13 I have warned him that judgment is coming upon his family forever, because his sons are blaspheming God[b] and he hasn’t disciplined them. 14 So I have vowed that the sins of Eli and his sons will never be forgiven by sacrifices or offerings.”