EFFECTUAL CALLING

Scripture Reading: I Samuel 3:1-18

“Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.” (I Samuel 3:7)

It is a bit of a surprise to read this verse. Samuel had been ministering in the house of the Lord, but he did not know the Lord yet. He certainly knew about the Lord, but he had not come to know Him in a personal way until the Lord called him.

Unfortunately there are many religious people who know about the Lord but they have not experienced Him in a personal way. Until the Lord effectually calls a person, he or she cannot know the Lord in an intimate way. It is the effectual calling of God that enables us to respond to God and to develop a personal relationship with Him.

Notice also that the word of the Lord had not been revealed to Samuel yet. It was after God’s call that Samuel was able to understand the word of God. The Holy Spirit has to open the eyes of our hearts before we can grasp the truths of God — “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” (I Corinthians 2:14).

Samuel did not discern the Lord’s calling at first. Eventually Samuel understood that it was the Lord who was calling him — “And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, ‘Samuel. Samuel!'” (v. 10). Once he discerned the Lord’s calling, Samuel began to understand the word of God.

All true believers have received the effectual calling of God. It is then that we are regenerated (born again) and given a new spiritual ability to know God in a personal way and to receive the Holy Spirit who opens the eyes of our hearts to grasp God’s truth. This is a sovereign work of God upon our lives. Remember we are saved only by the grace of God.

O Holy Spirit, thank You for the effectual call you gave me many years ago. Thank You for opening the eyes of my heart to the truths of God’s Word. And thank You that I can know the Lord Jesus in a personal and intimate way. I know this is only possible because of Your grace which has been lavished upon me.

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