>A Man Who Heard God
1 Samuel 25:1 :
Samuel died; and all Israel gathered themselves together, and mourned for him, and buried him at his house at Ramah.
This verse really sneaks up on you. We've been reading so much about everyone else, it's easy to forget that this
is the book of 1 Samuel. The suddenness of this verse is like the suddenness of death. We can be going through the normal
activities of life and suddenly, life stops for someone. It's a reminder of our true condition.
Samuel's entire life was a blessing to Israel. Even though his sons didn't do so well, he did take Israel through a
major transition from having judges to having a king. Samuel himself had to transition. He was once the greatest leader
of Israel. God had him step down and allowed a bad king to take his place. This must have been very hard, but Samuel was
very blessed. He became more of a prophet at the end of his life than a judge.
Samuel heard the words of God and it shaped his life and the lives of those he could influence. In that way, he is
an example for us as Christians today. We have God's words written down, including Samuel's. We have the opportunity to be
shaped by those words and to share them with as many others as we can during our short time on earth.