1 Samuel 3:19
So Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.
We've done this verse before, but that was an Obscure Biblical Character day, and we're talking about it in a different way today.
Samuel was young when God called him (remember the story of God calling him in the middle of the night and he kept thinking it was Eli? 1 Samuel 3:1-10. One of my favorite Bible stories ever). God stayed with him as he grew up, and watched over him, and made sure that whatever he said, came true (proved to be reliable, NLT. Also, the first time we talked about this verse, someone responded with a similar definition of that last phrase).
Think about the different prophets/leaders/main people in the Bible for a second. Abraham, followed God into Lord-knows-where, when he didn't even know what would await him when he got there. Moses, raised by the Pharaoh's daughter, renounced the fortunes to follow God. David, the tiniest son of a shepherd, chosen to be king and became the man after God's own heart. Solomon, son of the king, used his God-given wisdom to reign over God's people. Jesus, born to a poor family, would live a perfect life and die for all of the world's sins. Saul/Paul, a man who persecuted Christians, had a vision of Jesus and then wrote and co-wrote many of the books of the New Testament.
God takes people from all walks of life. Those who become great prophets, leaders, and main Biblical people aren't always cookie cutter 'went to church/temple every week since they were born, Christian family, picture perfect' kinds of people. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, and some of these people were (like Samuel, except the whole Jewish thing). But just because you might have not been to a church for your whole life, or even ever, doesn't mean God can't use you. If you believe in Him, He can use you, no matter what your past has been. Not everyone's story is like Samuel's. God uses a variety of people in His kingdom.
Response Question/Something to consider: which Biblical main person are you most like, in terms of background?
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In His Service,
P.S. Happy April Fool's Day!