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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, July 15, 2019
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Today’s scripture reading:
One would naturally expect an audible message from God to be given to the priest Eli and not to the child Samuel. Eli was older and more experienced, and he held the proper position. But [God’s] His chain of command is based on faith, not on age or position. In finding faithful followers, God may use unexpected channels. Be prepared for the Lord to work at any place, at any time, and through anyone He chooses. (NLT)
1 Samuel 3:1-10 – Meanwhile, the boy Samuel was serving the Lord by assisting Eli. Now in those days messages from the Lord were very rare, and visions were quite uncommon. One night Elli, who was almost blind by now, had just gone to bed. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was sleeping in the Tabernacle near the Ark of God. Suddenly, the Lord called out, “Samuel! Samuel!”
“Yes?” Samuel replied. “What is it?” He jumped up and ran to Eli. “Here I am. What do you need?”
“I didn’t call you,” Eli replied. “Go on back to bed.” So he did.
Then the Lord called out again, “Samuel!”
Again Samuel jumped up and ran to Eli. “Here I am,” he said. “What do you need?”
“I didn’t call you, my son,” Eli said. “Go on back to bed.”
Samuel did not yet know the Lord because he had never had a message from the Lord before. So now the Lord called a third time, and once more Samuel jumped up and ran to Eli. “Here I am,” he said. “What do you need?”
Then Eli realized it was the Lord who was calling the boy. So he said to Samuel, “Go and lie down again, and if someone calls again, say, ‘Yes, Lord, your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went back to bed.
And the Lord came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!”
And Samuel replied, “Yes, your servant is listening.”
Quoted verse: In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28 (NIV)
“Story” – John McClenahan (Nevada, USA) titled his story “NEW PURPOSE;” here is John’s story:
“Many years ago, an auto accident resulted in the traumatic amputation of my left leg and compression fractures of five vertebrae in my back. I was in the army at the time and at the top of my pay grade. This injury resulted in my medical retirement from the service. For months in the hospital I questioned why God had allowed this to happen. I sometimes cursed God for the pain I was having and for taking me away from a job I loved. For many months I suffered from depression.
“Then, while attending my high school reunion, I renewed my friendship with a classmate; and in a very short time we married. A former medical social worker, Joan applied to volunteer at a hospital and later volunteered me to perform magic tricks for children who were receiving treatment. In a short time this mission of performing expanded to three other hospitals, and for 18 years we brought smiles and joy to those children.
“Soon after beginning our mission, parents whom we had seen in the pediatric wards began to thank us for bringing joy to their children. Only after we decided to retire from our hospital work did I fully realize how God had been at work, even in the traumatic time after my accident, to prepare me to bring happiness to others.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I can examine today’s loss to find tomorrow’s service for God.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to see the new purpose that you have built into every dead end we encounter. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE DISABLED FROM CAR ACCIDENTS
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