10 Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Psalm 46:10 NKJV
Samson judged Israel for twenty years, beginning God’s process of freeing Israel from the cruel grip of the Philistines. Although Samson had been given phenomenal strength through his Nazirite vows, he did not seem to take his call from God very seriously until the end of his life. He had lived life on the edge, preferring to linger near temptation rather than to seek the quiet presence and direction of God.
It was during Samson’s time that God called the child, Samuel, to be a prophet. Samuel was serving under Eli, the head priest, at the Lord’s tabernacle in Shiloh. Samuel had been dedicated to God by his mother, Hannah, and she was true to her vow. Through Samuel, God would further the deliverance of Israel from the Philistines. He would also anoint David as king, establishing an eternal throne on which Jesus Christ will one day reign over the entire earth.
It began one still night, when God called out to Samuel as he lay on his bed.
3 …before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of the Lord where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down, 4 the Lord called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!” 1 Samuel 3:3 NKJV
The young child had been helping Eli with priestly duties, which included taking care of the tabernacle, the home of the ark of God. The ark had been built under Moses in the desert, by direction of God, and held the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments. At the time, before the gift of the Holy Spirit to men at Pentecost, God chose to reside in this holy tabernacle in the presence of the ark. Today, the Spirit of God resides in the hearts of believers worldwide.
All was quiet as Samuel lay down in the tabernacle. He was able to hear God’s gentle voice as He called to him by name.
There is no greater source of peace than being still before the presence of our loving God. Because of the Holy Spirit, we can do this at any time or in any place that we choose. Our problems of the day begin to melt away in His presence, and even our most serious burdens and challenges are carried by our heavenly King, Jesus Christ. As we surrender ourselves and our problems over to the care of His Spirit, we receive blessing upon blessing. He brings healing, wholeness, and joy to our lives so that we can reach out to others to comfort them in their own times of trial.
Jesus invites us to give all our burdens to Him, both the ones that surround us, and those that are carried deep within our hearts.
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV
One of the hardest things to schedule in our day is time to be still in the presence of God.
Upon awakening, we can get re-oriented and allow God His rightful place at the center of our being. By doing this, the struggles of the day become lighter, and we become more aware of God working around us to bring love and comfort so that we may do the same to others in need.
Like Samuel, God knows your name. He is gently calling each of us to follow Him.