The Story: Standing Tall, Falling Hard

H-Icon_Ch10_SwordA third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”  Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy.   So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.  The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” —– 1 Samuel 3:8-10

This Week’s Scripture References: 1 Samuel 1-4, 8-13, 15

Samuel and Eli the priest

Samuel and Eli the priest (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)

In Samuel we are given a glimpse of God’s persistence. Three times God called Samuel and he thought it was someone else speaking. God did not give up. Samuel did not yet know the Lord.  Eli recognized that God was speaking to Samuel and helped the boy to hear the words of the Lord.  Why do you think God is so persistent?  Who helps you to hear the Lord?

During this First Week of Advent, consider how God is calling you.

Are you listening?  

How are you waiting and watching for Christ?

Reflect on the words of this creed written by Bruce Prewer: “Out of the darkness God creates light. Into the darkness God comes in Jesus Christ, light of the world. In him we have become bearers of light. As such this is what we believe:
I believe in the Living God who is directly involved in the affairs of the world.
I believe that God chooses the meek and the poor to shame the proud and the rich.
I believe in the incarnate Word, leaping in a woman’s womb, cradled in poverty.
I believe in Jesus, true son of Mary, true Son of God, who came among us in weakness, that we might come to know the profound strength available to common people who turn to God in trust and with love.
Yes, my friends, this I truly believe.”

In what way is God calling you to become bearer of the light of Christ?

When have you experienced strength trusting in God despite your weakness?

How has God journeyed with you through your ups and downs?

The first Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of the Christian year.  This means that our spiritual journey for the whole year to come begins this week. Advent is a time to relive the wonder & retell the story of Jesus’ birth. The first candle lit on an Advent wreath often represents Hope. As Christians we have great reason to hope! Hope is God reminding us that we can trust His promises; that something good is coming. Jesus is the hope of the world! During this first week of Advent, this time of expectant anticipation, spend some time experiencing the wonder and hope of Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth, and the life. Immerse yourself in the extraordinary hope & comfort you have as a believer. Open the Word and your heart and begin a deeper relationship with our Lord and Savior, Immanuel.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” – Isaiah 6:8
 

To listen to this week’s sermon,  Looking for a King, Standing Tall, Falling Hard, Sermon 1/5 in “Steep Hills Ahead” The Story Mini-Series, click here! 

For Family Devotions related to this week’s message, click here!

For more information and additional resources for The Story at Faith UMC, click here!

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About faithumchurch

Spiritual Formation Director at Faith United Methodist Church in North Canton, Ohio
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