1 Samuel 3:1 (NKJV)
“Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation.”
One of our greatest needs is for a deep revelation from God’s Word, that comes from ministering to the Lord. What we need are not more eloquent or charismatic preachers. What we need are not more miracle workers. What we need are not more rich or powerful men or women of God. What we need are people with spiritual authority that is derived from God’s Word, as a result of ministering to the Lord. What we need are people who have spiritual eyes and ears that see and hear from God’s perspective. What we need are committed stewards of the grace of interpreting God’s Word to a hungry and distracted generation.
Once sin had crept into their worship system, the Word of the Lord became rare. Once Eli’s sons had become content with materialistic pleasures, they no longer sought for divine revelations. Once religion had come to replace God, the system became automated and could run without any heavenly intervention. May that never become of the Church in our generation, although we seem to be quickly sliding into that sphere. We need God. We desperately need more of His “widespread revelation.” We need God to speak regularly, openly, and directly to His people. God’s visitation needs to be something that almost every Believer should be experiencing. This is God’s Will for His Church. But we must hunger for it. We must turn away from wanton pleasures. We must seek His face most earnestly. We must dig into His Word for His revelation. Satisfaction, when we do not have God’s divine visitation, is the cancer of the modern-day church.