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Day Nine

1 Samuel 3:16 (ESV)
But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” And he said, “Here I am.”
2 Samuel 3:16 (ESV)
But her husband went with her, weeping after her all the way to Bahurim. Then Abner said to him, “Go, return.” And he returned.
We have two texts today (in an effort to fit the devotional days into the timeframe of Ash Wednesday to Easter). In the first text, we find a young Samuel who has been awoken repeatedly by the LORD during the night only to be told of God’s judgment upon the priestly family of Eli, of which there are no sacrifices that could be offered to satisfy the gravity of their sins.
Eli calls out Samuel and asks him what the LORD revealed to him. Samuel only has bad news but still responds, “Here I am,” and shares with Eli the judgment of God. A hard thing to do to someone he cares for.
In the second text we hear of the shifting political winds in Israel as support shifts from the house of Saul to that of David to be king. The result is a veritable “Peyton Place”, between David and his wife Michal, Saul’s daughter who loves David, who is given by Saul out of revenge to another man Paltiel, he is crying like a baby following her as she is brought by Abner, a general, who has changed allegiance from Saul to David, as proof of his alliance with David, and tells the weeping Paltiel go home!
Did you get all that?
John 3:16 cuts through all our drama and goes to the heart of the issue, our eternal salvation, granting us forgiveness for all our sins!
What drama is there in your life which tries to distract you from God and His message of forgiveness and salvation? What can you do about it?
Go to a quiet place today and spend some time with God confessing your sins and rejoicing in His forgiveness.