Attentive, Receptive, Responsive - Powered by 4 - May 23

Wednesday, May 23

Attentive, Receptive, Responsive.

Today's reading: 1 Samuel 3:1-21

Yesterday as I read 1 Samuel 3, God focused my attention on Eli's hardened and unyielding heart. But today as I read this same passage, it was the attentive, receptive and responsive heart of young Samuel that drew my attention. What a contrast between these men who were both in the service of God at the temple.

Once Eli explains to Samuel that who he hears calling him is God, Samuel is expectantly tuned in and attentive to God's voice. Then when God calls him, Samuel immediately receives God's message. First thing the next morning, Samuel obediently delivers the entire scary and extremely difficult message God gave him to Eli ("So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him" [vs. 18]).

What an appealing example young Samuel provides for us. God, help me be like young Samuel--attentive, receptive and immediately responsive to Your prompting and instructions.

When it comes to being attentive to God's guidance, calling and direction, how would you say you are doing? What would help you be even more tuned in to God? What about being more receptive and responsive? What's one lesson you noticed or learned from Samuel's example? Tami

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