1 Samuel 3
Notes on Attitude
ATTITUDE - 1). Samuel did exactly as Eli had directed. (v.9,10) He laid down and responded to God when called upon. Obedience is a sign of a faithful servant. We should diligently obey all that God tells us to do through the Godly leaders He's placed over us. 2). Samuel was afraid. (v.15) He loved Eli and had just heard a condemning message from God. He didn't want Eli to become angry with him, the messenger. God's first message to Samuel was a tough one, to teach him not to be afraid to deliver God's words, good or bad. Sometimes, God will ask us to do things that make us want to be afraid, but we still must follow through and do them. 3). Samuel told Eli everything God had given him to speak. (v.18) He was afraid to anger Eli, but he still was obedient to God and delivered the message. His fear of the Lord was more than his fear of man. As leaders, we've got to get our eyes off of man, and do what God has called us and empowered us to do for His glory. 4). Eli accepted the word of the Lord. (v.18) He also accepted his transition from power, for God is now speaking to Samuel instead of him. This had to be a shock - Eli had gone to bed that evening just like every other evening, not realizing he was about to be demoted. And it must have been difficult to be replaced by someone so young, even younger than his own children. But Eli was humbled and couldn't do anything but agree with God and his will.