November 15, 2021
Mountain View District
The LORD Was with Him
19 So Samuel grew up, and the Lord was with him, not allowing any of his words to fail. 20 All Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was trustworthy as the Lord’s prophet. 21 The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh because the Lord revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh through the Lord’s own word.
1 Samuel 3:19-4:1a CEB
4 And Samuel’s word went out to all Israel.
The Philistines capture God’s chestIn those days the Philistines gathered for war against Israel,[a] so Israel went out to engage the Philistines in war. Israel camped at Ebenezer, while the Philistines camped at Aphek.
DevotionIt’s hard to believe that the end of the Liturgical year is only two weeks away. We in the church have made it through another year of pandemic living: celebrating Christmas, Easter, and other days with social distancing, masks, and different kinds of music and sharing the word. Yet, we were able to come together once again as the church of God’s people. God did not forsake us and God was with us throughout the year.
Our scripture passage is not the call of Samuel, but the reassurance that God was with Samuel and God appeared to Samuel. The CEB translation states that “All Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel was trustworthy as the LORD’s prophet.” Those are two characteristics which I desire in my walk as a Christian: that God is with me and that I am trustworthy.
Have you needed to feel that God is with you, either as you “talk the talk” or “walk the walk”? As we plan as churches, organizations, and families for the coming celebrations and 2022, do you need to feel God’s presence? I do! I know that the Holy Spirit is with me in my work and life, but there are times that I just need to feel the breath of God on my face or the warmth of God around my being.
I also need to feel trustworthy. I pray about my sharing and actions, and try my best to live and lead following God’s desires for peace, justice, and mercy. King David, in Psalm 3, cries for help from the LORD, but also acknowledges that God answers him and is his shield, glory, and restoration. I pray that I will be found worthy of trust of sharing food, repairing homes, and working with children through Jubilee Project.
Samuel and David spent time in God’s presence, and acknowledged God’s power as God led them through trials and tribulations. As we spend time in devotions and service, may we feel God’s presence and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
One of the church signs in Sneedville, TN, states the scripture from Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” May you feel God’s presence in your life, and be found trustworthy of the calling to which you have been called.
Come to us, O Emmanuel! May be feel your presence and walk with you throughout these days. Lead us, we pray, and may we be found trustworthy in our following. Amen.