1 Samuel 1-3
In this passage, we see the calling of birth and calling of Samuel. Samuel’s mother, Hannah, was barren for many years, and prayed to God for many years in hopes of giving birth to a son. Her prayers were eventually granted. After the young child was weaned, he was given to the Lord at the temple, where the priest, Eli, took him under his wing. When enough time had passed, Samuel was called by the Lord.
Here, we see what I will refer to as one of only two certainties in life; you know, death and taxes. In this case, we are reminded that death is a certainty, no matter if you live a life of good or evil. And those who are “good” or who swear allegiance to God are not much different than those who shun God. There is evil in all of us…sin. We can’t hide from it until we are dust. So, who are we to judge who is and who isn’t evil? Judgment should be left to God, and God alone.
Peter and John have been teaching and healing in the name of Jesus. They have just healed a crippled man and have been jailed for doing so in the name of Jesus. The man they healed is in his 40’s, which in those days, was a very ripe old age for the most part. The high priest and the Pharisees put Peter and John on trial and make the request that they no longer do acts in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John hold their ground tell them they cannot stop. Finding nothing that they could actually charge Peter and John with, Caiaphas let them go. Upon release, the disciples and new believers of The Way pray to God, in the name of Jesus, to guide them so that they live out His purpose for them. And the Holy Spirit comes over them and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
God uses ordinary, everyday people to do extraordinary things. Hannah was just an ordinary woman who was unable to have children for the longest time, but then gave birth to one of the most important prophets of the Old Testament. Peter and John were just commoners of their day; fishermen. And God called on them to heal the crippled, among other things. Even the highest ranking Jewish officials, the Pharisees, couldn’t make sense of how such ordinary people could do these things.
So, here we all are, seemingly ordinary people. But God has a plan for us all to do His will to bring Him glory. We may falter at times; we definitely will all fall short time and time again of the expectations. But we live in grace and are forgiven of our sins, so we can live a life worth living. Are you living life without abandon?