JULY 22 - Jeremiah 33:3 and 1 Samuel 8:6-7,23-24

DAY 22 - PROFILES AND PROMISES

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"Call unto Me and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."
Jeremiah 33:3

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"But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, 'Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord. And the Lord said unto Samuel, 'Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee, for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.
... Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way. Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider how great things He hath done for you."
1 Samuel 8:6-7,23-24
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Memory Catcher: The prophet Samuel officially anointed and appointed the first King of Israel, King Saul.
-Note that Saul can be spelled out in Samuel. 
-The name "Samuel" also brings to mind Dr. Seuss's, "Sam I am."
In "Sam I am" I have a reference to Samuel and God's historical name used in the Old Testament, "I AM."  (Exodus 3:14)
-The end of Samuel references God's name as well, "El." (Generic "root" form of God.)
Simply put: Sam is God's man.
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That a special man of "calling" would be born by a woman who embarked on a journey of "calling" is something quite notable in my book.
Hannah appears in Scripture as a desperate woman making a desperate appeal to God for a child to fill her empty womb. God filled the request and He filled the womb with a precious little individual of high calling named "Samuel."
The providential graces bestowed on Samuel began in the womb and played out in the temple, where Hannah had vowed to commit and leave him. The little "coat" that adorned him by her (1 Samuel 2:19) was replaced with a linen ephod (priestly garment) and, early on God's call was made sure on Samuel's life.
The 3 time whisper of God (1 Samuel 3) and the election of him as prophet, priest, and judge aids me in bridging Jeremiah 33:3 (our selected promise) with a profile preference of Samuel.
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 God begins His work in our lives with, first, His word in our lives. He seals the deal when  He chooses us and makes us His. He seals the deal when He first whispers our name (John 15:16.)
Once God has called us ...then we must call on God.
Calling on God requires a sense of humility and need, and that's why so few of us experience and enjoy true intimacy with Him.
Independence is a great and extraordinary hindrance to our faith.
Until we realize how futile our attempts are at successfully mastering anything of value, we neglect the power that's given to us and made available to us through prayer.
Prayer is a command, an imperitive, an entitlement given to the child of God.
Prayer is our response to God:
The "pull" of the soul, like a lesser magnet being drawn to a greater, toward the holiness of God Almighty:
Gripping us,
Drawing us,
Forcefully and emphatically bringing us to Himself.
Prayer is a great magnet of power forcefully applied to the hour of need.
Prayer is the "Pull of God" Resulting in an Activated Yearning for God.
Mmmm ...
Don't miss the wondrous acrostic.
God's Pull Results in Activated Yearning.
Couldn't make that one up if I tried; it was given me in the night.
Be blessed in the calling God has placed on your life;
Call continually on the One with the power to fulfill it.
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Draw my soul to yours, Father, with a magnetic power employed of mercy, strength, and truth. Embrace me with Thy Holy Spirit, grace me with Thy holy truth, and fill me with a holy reserve of Thy grace. 
Forgive my fleshly independence.
Forgive unverbalized but very realized attempts at producing something out of nothing by looking to myself. 
Enable me, with Thy Spirit, to appropriate the calling you have placed on my life and cause me to call on You continually in the fulfillment of it.
Amen.