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When God gave Samuel an important message, he had to be brave to share it.
Last week we learned about a lady named Samuel. She begged God for a child and God gave her a son named Samuel. Hannah promised to give Samuel back to God. When Samuel was still just a boy, she brought him to live in God’s temple to be trained by the priest, Eli. One night while Samuel was asleep, God called out to him because he had a message for him. At first, Samuel thought Eli was calling to him but it wasn’t Eli. When Samuel realized that it was God speaking, he was ready to listen. But, God’s message was a little scary and Samuel didn’t like what he was hearing. God told Samuel to go warn Eli that he and his family were in trouble. Eli’s sons had done some bad things and Eli knew it and didn’t stop it. So, God was going to punish them. Samuel was afraid to give this message to Eli. He didn’t want to make Eli mad. But, Samuel was obedient and he shared God’s message with Eli. Samuel showed courage when he stood up to his friend and mentor. Like Samuel, we need to be courageous, too. When God tells us to do something, we need to listen and obey.