But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

The Lord called, “Samuel, Samuel.” Samuel didn’t recognize the Lord’s voice. Now, imagine the Lord calling your name. Would you recognize his voice? I’m sure I have missed it many times in my life. Samuel needed Eli to help him understand what was happening and once he understood, he immediately said yes. In order to hear and understand the Lord’s call to us, some things are necessary. First, we need some quiet in our lives. The world is full of noise. Some of this noise is unavoidable – traffic, construction, machinery, etc. – but much of it we inflict upon ourselves. How much time do we spend listening to the radio, the television, video games, idle chatter? In order to hear the Lord, we need to turn away from the noise and turn toward the Word of God. Samuel also needed the help of Eli, a man who had been listening to God’s voice for many years and had served the Lord as a priest. Although he was old and had not always been faithful, he could help Samuel know how to respond to the Lord’s call. God has put people in our lives to help us in our search for God’s voice and sometimes we are called to be help for others. Have you ever heard someone say to you, “That was just what I needed to hear?” Or perhaps it was you who needed someone to say just the right thing to you. Once you do recognize what the Lord is calling you to do, you have two choices, either to respond as Samuel did or think about the difficulties you might encounter, or how you might offend a friend, or think of all the things you need to do first. We choose what to do. We can listen for God’s voice or turn away; we can do as the Lord requests, or refuse. God has given us free will, the question is what will we do with it.

Many people have heard the old English saying, “The proof is in the pudding.” But when this proverb was first recorded in 1605, it read “The proof of the pudding is in the eating,” which makes much more sense. If we understand the word “proof” means “evidence,” then the evidence of whether a pudding is good or not is found in the eating of it. If it tastes good, then it has proven itself, because it is successful at its intended purpose. The evidence of God’s love for us is found in the true sacrifice of Christ. It was not just that Christ gave His life for us, but that “even while we were sinners” He gave His life. He didn’t die for a good and righteous people. He didn’t die for people who were selfless and kind. He died for sinners. This is the true proof of the unconditional, no-strings-attached love that our God has for us.

Lord, I thank you for what You did for me all those years ago, and what You do for me daily. I will never understand the magnitude of Your love for me, but I gratefully accept it. I pray that I always remember that, even in my sin, You saw my worth. Help me to see the worth in all people. Help me to love them the way that You do and to sacrifice my needs and desires so that I may help others. Amen.

O Lord, my God, you are my shepherd. You guide me and provide for me. When I start to feel resentment due to the circumstances around me, remind me that you have prepared a table for me and you can give me peace. Your anointing and blessings are upon every aspect of my life. Remove my resentment and set me free from frustration. May your goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life that I may dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

Author: Delana Zakrzewski

I am saved by the most High God for others sins against me any sins against the Lord God Almighty, Whose Son Jesus, washed us all of our sin by His presuses blood and beat death, by walking out of the Tomb

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