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real threat to the survival of Israel. Next, we see the gradual disintegration of Saul's mental and physical health and the rise of David after his defeat of Goliath. 1.Samuel is sleeping in the place which houses the Ark - the symbol of God's presence with the people. Samuel had never experienced a conversation with God.
2.The story builds suspense by the repeated ignorance of Samuel to realise that it was the Lord calling and not Eli. Samuel had never had an experience of God's presence and this made it difficult for him to discern what was happening, indeed it took a while for Eli to realise.All Israel knew that Samuel was a prophet. There are very few communities who acknowledge a prophet such as those in the Old Testament. 3.We have people in the church who are prophets and speak God's word into situations and indeed suffer for their proclamations. 4.A call by God is not a pietistic experience, but contains a commission by God to serve in some way. 5.Always be conscious that God has called you and that he is calling you for great things. The only question is whether or not you will be willing to hear his voice and be able to identify his voice distinctly. Also look to your leaders for guidance and obedience.