From the conclusion of today’s reading:
Samuel grew up, and the LORD was with him,
not permitting any word of his to be without effect.
There is something important for ministers to note, it seems: the effectiveness of words is not contingent on the presence of the Lord in a formal sense. That is to say, there are plenty of words that are effective in destroying faith rather than building up; yet at the same time, the truly effective words come from the Lord being present.
Something to ponder as another semester begins…