Read: 1 Samuel 3:10-11
10 And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.” 11 Then the Lord said to Samuel, “Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which the two ears of everyone who hears it will tingle.
Reflect: Why was Samuel able to recognize the voice of the Lord the fourth time?
Consider: Calling as at other times--literally “called as time on time.” The expression is a common way of saying “as usual”. The same expression is used in Num 24:1 and in the story of Samson (Judges 16:20; 20:30, 31), where it is also translated “as at other times.”1
Respond: Who has been a mentor figure for you in your walk with the Lord? Who do you need to mentor?
1 Roger L. Omanson and John Ellington, A Handbook on the First Book of Samuel, UBS Handbook Series (New York: United Bible Societies, 2001), 94–95.