The past month, and especially this week has been a pretty awesome week for me with regard to getting into my word. After watching "The Bible" series (and yes there were a few discrepancies with what is actually in the Bible, lol) I realized that I don't have as clear an understanding as I thought I did about the Old Testament, especially the books from Judges onward. A lot of us Christians disregard the Old Testament as old news and not relevant since Christ came, but I've really discovered a lot of great jewels in my recent study of the Old Testament from Judges onward. Today's post is inspired by just one verse that caught my attention from my study today.
"6 Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
“My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”
7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him."
If you're not familiar with this, I'd really encourage you to read 1 Sam 1-3 to better understand the context behind what's happening here, but here God was calling out to Samuel to get his attention at a time that Samuel did not really know God or His word.
A lot of times, I come across people who feel that they need to fix up different areas of their lives before they can go to God, go to church or even pray. This isn't exactly the case, because God speaks to us and calls us where we are, and has all power to eventually train us to become who He ultimately wants us to be. I know that I personally was definitely not living right, nor did I really have a relationship with God when I began to hear Him call me. It caught me off guard, and at first I figured it didn't make sense because I had so much dirt in my life, so how could going to church or reading my Bible really do anything for God? I was so imperfect, And at the time I felt that God SURELY couldn't use me in ministry. It just didn't make sense. So I ignored it for a while.
I really believe that God is calling on a lot of us, but we're ignoring that call because we don't really know Him. Maybe we've heard of Him, but just don't feel that our current lifestyle is God-like so we're putting it off until later. But God can use anything once we answer Him. Paul went from killing Christians to writing most of the New Testament after answering God's call. I really believe that God calls us as we are, and we're supposed to answer just as we are, right then, and let Him guide us into our true purpose.
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