Over the past month or so, we’ve been looking at the life of Samuel. And chances are, if you’ve only ever heard one story about Samuel – today’s story is likely the one. If you attended Sunday school as a kid, this would be the story that your Sunday school teacher would have had up on the flannelgraph. (And if you don’t know what a flannel graph is, talk to Randall. He’ll tell you all about it!)
But our story takes place when little Samuel was probably about 12 years old. And it’s been really interesting to me to see how frequently the Bible talks about how Samuel is growing up serving the Lord. He’s only a kid, but look what the Bible has already said about him…
1 Samuel 2:11 it says…
And the boy served the Lord by assisting Eli the priest. 1 Samuel 2:11 (7 vs later…)
But Samuel, though he was only a boy, served the Lord. 1 Samuel 2:18 (3 vs later…)
Meanwhile, Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord. 1 Samuel 2:21 (5 vs later…)
Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew taller and grew in favor with the Lord and with the people. 1 Samuel 2:26
And then finally to begin today’s passage:
Meanwhile, the boy Samuel served the Lord by assisting Eli. 1 Samuel 3:1
For a kid who is probably only about 12 years old, the Bible sure has a lot of positive things to say about Samuel! In fact, I don’t think there are any other children in the Bible that receive so many positive comments.
But I think that’s a great reminder to all you kids! Even while you’re young, you can serve the Lord. All you kids can learn to love Him and please Him and honor him with how you live your life!
I mean, wouldn’t it be great to have your name in those verses? it could read something like this:
“But Caleb, though he was only a boy, served the Lord.”
“Meanwhile, Sophia grew taller and grew in favor with the Lord and with the people.”
“Meanwhile, Logan served the Lord by assisting Pastor Dave.”
Wouldn’t that be awesome? And you guys can do that! You can serve and honor the Lord even when you’re a kid – just like Samuel.
But anyway, that’s how our story begins.