Interestingly, The 2 books of Samuel say very little about the man himself. We know he faithfully served the Lord. We know he lived in Ramah. He married and had at least two sons–and while he led Israel, things were relatively peaceful and improving. The people turned back toward God, the enemies of Israel were kept at bay; all-in-all Samuel was the right leader for the time. It is clear that Samuel had a great relationship with God. Like Moses, Samuel and God talked. Samuel was not afraid of God, but, He had the right respect for The Lord.
In our lives, that kind of relationship and leadership is the place Christians want to be. Simply living a life that honors God, listening to His word and walking in His ways. There does not need to be a dramatic story, but, often there are times and things that God provides that are clearly a blessing directly from Him. We cannot try to do things apart from God. If we do, it takes the ability away from God to bless us. Samuel knew that, and so should we. Samuel sought the Lord with all his heart and it changed Israel. As God’s chosen, We should strive to seek and honor God with our lives–then like Samuel, God could use us to truly make a difference!
God Bless You
Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer,[b]saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”
13 So the Philistines were subdued and they stopped invading Israel’s territory. Throughout Samuel’s lifetime, the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines. 14 The towns from Ekron to Gath that the Philistines had captured from Israel were restored to Israel, and Israel delivered the neighboring territory from the hands of the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.
15 Samuel continued as Israel’s leader all the days of his life. 16 From year to year he went on a circuit from Bethel to Gilgal to Mizpah, judging Israel in all those places. 17 But he always went back to Ramah, where his home was, and there he also held court for Israel. And he built an altar there to the Lord.