The aging Samuel has another vision in the night. This one, however, does not have the joy and sweetness of the call from God he received when he was a little boy. This time God visits Samuel with words of regret for having given God’s people a king.
Samuel must have recalled what it was like to have been called as a boy when he recognizes the call of God upon the young shepherd boy, David. Centuries later, the great apostle Paul would express God’s plan this way: “God chose what the world considers foolish to shame the wise. God chose what the world considers weak to shame the strong” (1 Cor. 1:27). Jesus said: “I assure you that if you don’t turn your lives around and become like this little child, you will definitely not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:3).
Listen in on the words of Samuel to Saul in 15:22-23; they are addressed to you and to me.
1 Samuel 15:10-11; 22-23; 16:1-12
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