The scene was dark, desperate, and depressing. It appeared to be the final act of a great drama.
"Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord before Eli. And word from the Lord was rare in those days, visions were infrequent. It happened at that time as Eli was lying down in his place (now his eyesight had begun to grow dim and he could not see well), and the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord where the ark of God was" (1 Samuel 3.1-3)
God's word and voice were rare. The eyesight of the man of God had grown dim. The lamp of God was barely flickering. It appeared to be the end of the era of God's work and word among His people. But, "the LORD called Samuel." (1 Samuel 3.4)
There was a new beginning at the end of a era. God raised up a man to speak His word and be His representative. The people of God would not lack a word from God.
We are His modern day "Samuels." In a world where authentic word from the LORD seems rare, He has enabled and empowered us to learn, know, live, and speak His word. How thankful we are for the great privilege of bringing His lamp and light to a dark world.
©Steve Taylor, 2018 --Used by permission