SUNDAY 4TH NOVEMBER, 2018
THEME: WHEN GOD CALLS
TEXT: 1 SAMUEL 3:1 – 11
MEMORY VERSE: MATTHEW 14: 28 – 29 “And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. So He said, come. And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.”
When God calls, it is always for an important assignment which must be done without delay. From time immemorial, God has been calling human beings to be His mouthpiece, either to an individual, a group of people or nation for the purpose of preventing His wrath being ‘kindled’ against them. The call of God came to Samuel at his tender age when he was in the “theological school” at Shiloh under Eli. The call came to him at night and the voice was audible (I Sam. 3: 3). Samuel was young in age and faith to the extent that he could not differentiate the Voice of God from that of Eli. One of the reasons he did not know that it was God that was calling was that the revelation of God was rare. When Eli perceived at the third call that it was God calling Samuel, he told him to answer “Lord, speak for Thy servant heareth.” The Lord then delivered a message of doom to Eli and he gave it as the Lord told him.
The call of God can be through dreams, still small voice, trance or vision or listening to homily. The call of God is for a specific purpose, Jesus Christ, in the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20 calls all Christians and not only His apostles to evangelise. What do you do when God calls? Take the call like Moses who complained several times with flimsy excuses or like Isaiah who said ‘Here I am, Lord, send me’ or like Jonah who ran away from the presence of God? Are you still occupied with the things of the world? Delaying or rejecting the call of God always attracts punishment. Heed the call of God like Isaiah (Isa. 6: 8), Jeremiah (Jer. 1: 4 – 5), Paul Acts (9: 11: 16), or like our own John Wesley. One thing is certain: When God calls a person, He always backs up the person with everything he/she needs to succeed.
HYMN: EMHB 157 – JESUS CALLS US O’ER THE TUMULT
PRAYER: Lord God, give me that amazing grace to recognize Your voice when You call me in Jesus’ name.