Proximity vs Contact - Where are you?
“And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision. ……Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed unto him. And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the Lord had called the child…….And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.” 1 Samuel 3:1, 7-8, 19 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/1sa.3.7-19.kjv
The journey of kingdom relevance and impact is one that is filled with opportunities for growth. In today’s Bible reading, the word of God was scarce in Isreal and the young Samuel had not heard from God before eventhough he had been serving in the temple. As such he did not recognize God. Proximity does not always signify contact. He was in the temple but could not recognize God’s call. Hebrews 5:14 tells us that only those who have by reason of use learnt to discern good from evil are qualified for strong meat. Hence there is a process and some of that involves mentoring. Even though Eli was a failing prophet, he recognized the patterns enough to point Samuel to the source of the call. Are there certain instances in your life which is unclear - sequence of activities and patterns of interactions? Seek out the help of the HolySpirit to open your eyes to see and also seek counsel from spiritual leaders. And lastly, you need to go on the journey for yourself. Samuel obeyed Eli and said “speak Lord” when the call came again. God started that encounter with the familiar. He confirmed a prophecy that had already been sent to Eli so there was no possibility of dispute. With time Samuel grew and as we see in the last part of the reading today, God never allowed his words to fall to the ground. It was a journey from proximity to contact and then on to impact. Where are you in your kingdom journey? It is indeed a journey of deliberate growth.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for your love and your divine assignment for my life. I ask for the help of the HolySpirit as I grow on the journey to impact 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾