MAKE SURE YOU ARE HERE FOR OUR FIRST $5 TUESDAY IN THE GYM @ 12 PM. WE WILL BE HAVING SOME AWESOME FOOD FROM A LOCAL ANDERSON ESTABLISHMENT, SOME TIME WITH JESUS, AND SOME GAME TIME.
It is day number two on an absolutely beautiful Tuesday morning in June, and guess what makes it even better for you? You do not have school today whatsoever. Rather, you have the day to yourself. That might mean work, or maybe it means sleeping in until 12 pm. Whoever you are I am encouraged you are reading these simple words today, and encouraged you are about to get into the only Word that truthfully matters.
Open up to 1 Samuel 3 today. Read all 21 verses. Think about them for a couple of minutes after. What jumps out to you? Underline those words or verses. Ask the Lord to speak to you through his Word right now.
If you know me, then you know the one person in my immediate family that most closely resembles my father. His name is Dennis Barnes, and thankfully for his mother and father he wasn't a menace. (If you don't get that reference google Dennis the Menace.) You also need to know that I am the youngest of three sons, and somehow I was seemingly the one who was into some sort of trouble the most. So, needless to say my name was called out the most by both my father and mother.
Now, go back to 1 Samuel 3, and you must remember that though Hannah and Elkanah were the biological parents of Samuel it was truly Eli who probably seemed to be more of a father figure to Samuel. Look at how he responds to his name being called all five times, the first four during the night by the Lord and the last in the morning by Eli). Samuel responds in a humble and respectful way, while seeking to listen and to serve the one who is speaking.
So...think about how you respond to your earthly Father when he calls out your name. Do you listen intently on what he is saying? Do you do so in a respectful way? Are you expecting him to call out your name and to teach you? Do you expect valuable information? Do you listen as though you are ready to serve and do what he says? If that is the case, then is that how you approach your times in prayer and in reading the Bible? Do you come as though one who is humbly submitted, intent on hearing from God the Father?