“So Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.” 1 Samuel 3:19
A reliable servant is not only an expression of trust but a sign that we have God’s confidence and assurance. Like we are always ready to talk to our friends when they give us their attention, God is still ready to fellowship and communicate with us when He sees a ready and available person. However, the nature and amount of what God will say are dependent on the individual’s faithfulness and reliability.
God will never tell you more things if you’ve never been keeping His words in the past. And He will not give us His friendship if we can’t manage it. Samuel was found faithful in the presence of God, and God relied on Him. He grew with a heart of service in the house of Eli, though he was a little child, but he was so sensitive and matures in the spirit that God could still share deeper things with him.
Proverbs 14:35 says, “A king delights in a wise servant, but his anger falls on the shameful.”
It is so disheartening how Eli couldn’t receive this good symbol till the end. His sons were doing things that are against the will of God, and Eli couldn’t stop them, so God shifted his reliability from Eli to Samuel, and He began to send His words to him. Samuel became a faithful and reliable servant of God, God honored him, including his words, and even everyone who knows identifies him as a reliable servant of God.
The challenge with this is how much God and people can rely on you. It is impossible to get the best from God or people if they do not trust or found you faithful. God will never choose to keep His words with you if you can’t handle them. However, we must permit God to send His words to us constantly; our success is in His words. Serve God faithfully, be a reliable servant, and God will never fail you. Proverbs 22:11 says, “Those who love a pure heart and gracious lips will have the king for a friend.”
1. Lord, help me to be found faithful to you and the people around me.
2. Please help me to be able to follow your word and to hold on to it in Jesus’ name.