A 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.

– 1 Samuel 3:8-9 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org, Author of Making Sense of the Bible

When the Lord speaks to the young prophet Samuel for the first time, Samuel mistakes that voice for his mentor, Eli. As we start this walk of faith, our hearts resonate with the voices of those who are mentoring us. This is a wise way to begin. But wise mentors must take the stance of Eli, who recognize that the goal is to train people to hear God for themselves. To teach people to be still and listen for their heavenly Mentor is a great privilege and responsibility.

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