Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Footsteps of the Flock: 1 Samuel 3:15-21

I have been so delirious with pain that for the last two nights I've conked out before reading my nighttime devotional, Footsteps of the Flock.

Honestly, I haven't been able to focus or concentrate on reading the last few days. I seem to be reading the same sentences over and over again.

I'm doing much better today thanks to the Lord and a "burst" of Prednisone.

All this to say, I was reading this morning and the entry from March 29 was such a good and gentle reminder for me to be aware of the attitudes of my heart.

It's so easy to misrepresent Him, isn't it?

March 29
(by Jon Courson)

And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD.
And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision.
Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son.
And he answered, Here am I.
And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee?
I pray thee hide it not from me:
God do so to thee, and more also,
if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee.

And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him.
And he said, It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good.

And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him,
and did let none of his words fall to the ground.
And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that
Samuel was established to be a prophet of the LORD.

And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh:
for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh
by the word of the LORD.
1 Samuel 3:15-21

God not only spoke to Samuel because of his responsiveness, but because of his tenderness.

Samuel didn't want to say to Eli, "Eli, you're in trouble. You haven't disciplined your sons. Now judgment is coming to you and your family. And it's too late for any sacrifices to make up for what you've done."

Living in the Temple, Samuel no doubt observed Eli's sons and was aware of their immorality and problems. Therefore, he could have said, " Aha! At last these guys are getting what they deserve."

But that wasn't the heart of Samuel. Nor was it the heart of Daniel.

Before Daniel gave Nebuchadnezzar the interpretation of his dream, he said, "I wish this dream applied to your worst enemy rather than to you, for you're going to go insane like an animal for seven years and eat grass like a cow in the fields" (see Daniel 4:19).

Daniel could have said, " Great! It's about time God brings Nebuchadnezzar down a notch or two." But that wasn't the heart of Daniel, nor is it the heart of anyone who is in tune with God.

Whatever God speaks to you must be enveloped in tenderness and love. Even is the message is a difficult one, it's always to be delivered in humility and kindness.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey I totally needed that Mom. Thanks!


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