1Samuel 3:15 NKJV So Samuel lay down until morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel was afraid to tell Eli the vision.
Sometimes telling the truth can be extremely terrifying, especially when the truth is something that you know others don’t want to hear. That’s what happened to young Samuel. Samuel has been serving Eli the priest and ministering to the Lord since he was a young boy. He is now probably in his early to mid teens when the Lord comes to him in his sleep and begins to tell him of things to come. Samuel, didn’t know what to make of the whole thing and repeatedly went to Eli, whom he thought was calling for him, until Eli realized that it was the Lord who kept trying to get Samuel’s attention and instructed him to answer.
When Samuel did, the Lord began to tell him of the end of Eli’s ministry and the death of his two sons, which had been previously prophesied because of much wickedness and irreverence they had in their service to the Lord. This is not a fun night for Samuel. The first time the Lord comes to him to use him in the prophetic, preparing him for when he will stand as the next judge and prophet of Israel, He tells him of the death of his beloved mentor. That is a huge message to carry.
Samuel is terrified to tell his mentor what God said. He fears rejection from the man who has been discipling him, a man he looks to as a father. I can imagine how difficult this must have been. You and I will probably not have the exact same scenario, but every day we are faced with opportunities to share the Gospel of Christ with others, opportunities to stand up for the truth with our actions. Will you? Samuel was afraid, but God was with Him. God is with you and you can do it even if you do it afraid. When people are engaging in crude conversation or simply talking about others, will you tell them you’ve got to go because it’s wrong and you don’t want to be a part of it? When people speak falsely regarding the Word of God and His nature, will you lovingly tell them the truth?
That next morning, Eli asked then implored Samuel to tell him what the Lord had said. You see people want to know the truth even if it is not exactly what they would like to hear. People want to know what God says and thinks, even if they deny it. There is something in all of us that compels us to search out truth. Even though Samuel was afraid he ultimately told Eli what the Lord had said.
What was the result of Samuel, facing his fear to tell the truth of God’s Word? 1 Samuel 3:19 says, “So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with Him and let none of his words fall to the ground.” When we face our fears to share the reality and truth of Jesus with others in the sharing of the Gospel through words on in our actions, we open ourselves to be increasingly used by God, who always confirms His Word (Mark 16:20). Fear Not! Tell the Truth