19 The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of his words fall to the ground. 20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the Lord. 21 The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.
Samuel spoke at a time when God’s word had not been heard for a long time in Israel’s history, like four hundred years. None of Samuel’s words fell to the ground, meaning that all of the prophecies Samuel uttered were true words from God. Events came to pass as Samuel said they would.
God let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground. This makes me think of the philosophical question – if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, did it make a sound? Now substitute God’s word for the tree. If someone speaks God’s word but no one hears it, is it effective? God does not wish his words to fall to the ground without making an impact, being an influence, carrying out their purpose.
Samuel listened to Lord, and communicated well what he heard. God guided Samuel to listen and speak in ways that honored God, so that what Samuel prophesized happened. Mercy and judgment were spoken well.
I pray that we may also be a good channel, a good conduit of the Lord so that others may receive what God has spoken. May our words be supported by scripture and God’s truths, to the glory of God’s name.
Dear God, you know that our mouths can get us into trouble. As James puts it, “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who have been made in God’s likeness.” This should not be. Forgive the wrong words we speak. Let our mouths be used to share what good we have learned from you. May we not let your words fall to the ground, unused and trampled upon. This we pray in Christ’s name. Amen.