We get an Old Testament classic this Sunday – the call of Samuel (1 Sam 3:1-10). It’s really a beautiful passage. A miracle boy, born to a woman thought to be barren, set apart to do God’s work “ministering to the Lord” (3:1). He hears the voice of God calling him by name. He responds with faithfulness, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening” (3:10). Beautiful, but…
There’s something mentioned at the outset of this classic passage that is downright frightening. Laid out, right up front, is this: “The word of the Lord was rare in those days” (3:1). What?! Remember what Jesus said, “One does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matt 4:4). God’s word is life! And yet, God’s word was rare?! Whose fault is that?! Isn’t that one of the primary things we celebrate as people of faith, that God takes the initiative and comes to us? There’s no easy way around this. It wasn’t easy then and it’s not easy now.
Have you ever felt God’s silence? It can be palpable. Why can’t we hear God speaking in some of our darkest moments when we need that word so desperately? How long will we have to wait before God answers, before God shows up as God has promised?
If you’ve ever felt that way or if you’re there now, know you are not alone. You wait alongside giants of the faith like Samuel to hear a word from God. And while that voice may feel desperately rare, you and I get the promise of this passage and so many others. God shows. God acts. God has promised never to let us go. Hold on. God will make a way. I’ll wait right here with you…
See you Sunday.