• Ps Stephen

Living for Jesus Out of Our Childhood

Does God speak and work through children—Yes, he does.


1 Samuel 1-3

Jesus told us we would have struggles, but that he will be with us.

I had a conversation with a teacher the other day. Her daughter in primary school had just moved from a Christian school to a State school. The teacher said the transition had been difficult and that her daughter was experiencing some push back against her faith in Jesus as she spoke up and shared with students. However, both mother and daughter believed God would help them. A child and mother both living for Christ. Jesus told us we would have struggles, but that he will be with us.


In 1 Samuel chapters 1 to 3, we read the story of Samuel’s birth and placement as a young child in the service of Eli the priest at the Temple. Samuel was a miraculous answer to prayer for Hannah who had not been able to have children. Later, in response to God’s provision, Hannah gave her young son to the Lord in service. Her prayer of trust in and praise for God, and his provision is recorded in chapter 2. Young Samuel then serves in the temple. When he is about 12 years old, he is awakened one night by a voice which he mistakenly thinks is Eli the priest calling for him. Eventually, Eli discerns that it is the Lord, so he says to Samuel if the Lord calls again say, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening” (1 Sam 3:9) This Samuel does and the Lord gives him a difficult message of judgment over Eli and his household which, under Eli’s encouragement, he delivers.


Does God speak and work through children—Yes, he does. Before he was born, God was at work in Samuel’s life through his parents, particularly Hannah. We see the Lord growing and developing Samuel from an early age and his steps of trust and obedience.


Like Samuel, our children need the prayers and witness of their parents and other Christians. They need the nurture of others to help them discern and the courage to stand for Christ where they are. And God will allow situations for them to be his voice in their homes, schools, and friendship circles. Let us help them find their voice.


Pastor Stephen

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