“The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground.” –1 Samuel 3:19, NIV
When we write or speak, we are trying to communicate, to give our words to someone else. Sometimes our message gets through. But sometimes the person we’re trying to communicate with is distracted. That person is with us, but not really with us. That person’s mind is somewhere else. That’s never the case with God.
God was with Samuel. God is with us.
When Samuel prayed, God heard his voice. The words got through to God. They didn’t fall purposelessly to the ground; God received them. He caught them. He kept them. Samuel’s words meant something to God.
God heard Samuel. God also hears us.
When Samuel grew up, he became a prophet. He spoke for God. God made use of Samuel’s words. They didn’t fall to the ground. God made sure that the people who needed to hear them did. He didn’t force those people to act on Samuel’s words, but the words carried His message. They had a purpose. That purpose was fulfilled–is still being fulfilled as people read Samuel’s words in the Bible today.
God made use of Samuel’s words. When we speak His words–Scripture, God-given insights. lessons we’ve learned and feel called to share, testimonies of what we’ve witnessed and experienced–God makes use of our words, too. He gives them meaning.
Father, sometimes it feels like no one is listening, but we know You are. You are with us. You hear us. You make use of our words. You give them a purpose that will be fulfilled. Thank You, Lord. Amen.