by Jeff Strite

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Waiting For An Important Call (2 of 4)
Series: Cell Calls To God
Jeff Strite
I Samuel 3:1-21

OPEN: The father of a teenage daughter was concerned with the amount of time she spent on the telephone; not so much for the time she wasted (he had given up on that long ago), but because nobody else could use the phone.
So, as a happy solution, he had a telephone installed for her with her own private number and directory listing.
Two or three days after her telephone had been installed, he came home to find her stretched out on the floor with her feet on the living room couch and chatting away on the family telephone. Her own telephone was resting silently on her dresser.
"Why are you using our telephone," he yelled. "Why aren't you talking on your own telephone?"
"I can't," she said, "I'm expecting an important call on MY phone."

APPLY: When it comes to praying, Christians would like to have a direct line to God. They'd love to have a phone where they KNOW that they can expect a important call from Him. But the one thing that frustrates many Christians is that it seems to be something of a one-way street.
We do all the talking
God… listens. But He doesn't seem to say a whole lot.

Now we do have an advantage. We have a book called the Bible filled with 66 separate revelations from God where we can learn just about everything God wants to have us know. But in the days of Samuel's youth we're told: " … the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions." 1 Samuel 3:1

Now that was particularly hard on these folks because they didn't have nearly as much Bible as we do.
They had the first 5 books - Genesis thru Deuteronomy
And they might have had Joshua and Judges (which told the history of Israel up to that time, but many people believe these were composed by Samuel)
Maybe they even the book of Job and Ruth
But that would have been about all they'd have had - 7 or 8 books.
It kind of limited their Bible study options.

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