1 Sam 3:7 “The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.”
Samuel ministered before the Lord under the instruction of Eli the priest. He learned about discipline, obedience, and religious traditions, but didn’t know the Lord. However, God didn’t hold that against him. God called him by name. Having never heard from God before, Samuel thought he was hearing the priest, and he went to Eli to ask why he called him. After a few responses of “I didn’t call you. Go back to bed,” Eli explained that it must be God calling him.
I find that story funny because Samuel kept going back to Eli to find out why he called him - and then Eli sent him away. I can imagine that those frustrating moments made the beginning of his journey with God quite memorable. Poor, confused Samuel had to start somewhere. We all have to start somewhere.
God wanted a relationship with Samuel. He wanted Samuel to know that He was the shelter that would protect Samuel. He protected him before Samuel knew him, and he would continue to protect him as he grew.
Today on my devotional blog, I’m exploring how God is our shelter. Check it out at Seek God With Me.