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Hearing His Word

Anchor Devotional - 08.20.18

“The LORD continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.”

1 Samuel 3:21

Think about the power of God’s Word and presence with you. Imagine if for you it could be said—as it was of Samuel— that the Lord was with you, and as you grew up the Lord “let none of [your] words fall to the ground” (see v. 19).

God called out to Samuel by name, sending him to the stubborn Israelites. Samuel responded, “Speak, for your servant is listening” (v. 10). And throughout Samuel’s years of faithfully proclaiming God’s Word, he was recognized as His prophet.

How remarkable it is that for Samuel’s lifetime of speaking to people and delivering messages, “none of his words fell to the ground”! There were no times he’d wished he’d said more, or said less, or said things differently. The power of the Lord guided every word he communicated as God’s spokesman.

Since I’m a chaplain, I often send verses about trusting God to my law enforcement friends. One federal agent I sent a note to responded, “How did you know I needed those exact words?” That’s the way God works when we are willing to share Him and His truth.

Scripture Focus

1 Samuel 3:11-21


The Bible is God’s voice in print. Pass along a word of comfort, encouragement, direction, or hope to someone who needs it today.

Read the Bible

  • Job 15-16
  • Psalm 50
  • Luke 13