God came to Samuel in a quiet place.
God’s voice was as real and tangible to Samuel as Eli’s voice.
Samuel’s obedience laid the foundation of his relationship with the Lord. Eli was there to mentor him and he must have been proud (in a way that a parent is proud of their children) when he saw how much Samuel loved the Lord and even more so when God began speaking to Samuel. At the same time, he must have known that his own days as priest were numbered.
At some point, as Christians, if we allow disobedience and sin to take over our lives, as Eli did, we stop being productive for God.
Stir your hearts. Shake your foundations. Your dependence is on Me, says the Lord. Not on the daily meanderings of your current circumstances. I will direct your paths. Walk in it. Sacrifice your comfortable life that has led to complacency. Move as My Spirit leads.
Trust in Me. Lean not to your own understanding but in all your life acknowledge Me. Let no decision come that has not been washed with the water of the Word. My ways are not your ways. I bring life not death. Don’t align with the world but let your life’s purposes spring from Me. Set aside your own dreams and plans for Me … clear a place in your life for something new. Behold shall you not know it when it springs forth?
I can choose to continue my same path — same routines of life — or I can lay down this life for something new.
I must consciously sacrifice. No decision will be made for me. Even though it is difficult I must choose. The reward will be great and will lead to even more life. None of that is open to me unless I first sacrifice what I am holding on to.
A forest fire is good for the land in that it burns away refuse and things that creep in and kill. In its wake are life. Our life is the same way — things have crept in which must be burned out.