“Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord before Eli. And word from the Lord was rare in those days, visions were infrequent” (1 Samuel 3:1).

While there was certainly no wanting of religious activity in the days of Samuel and Eli, what was lacking was a word from the Lord. The rarity of God’s word has never been an issue of his willingness to communicate but the unwillingness of even God’s people to proclaim and hear it. Instead, exchanging the transcendent for the imminent, we have allowed political rhetoric and the parroting of public vitriol to occupy the spaces intended for the exclusive dwelling of God’s word — his church and the hearts of his people. The greater rarity is to find those that recognize the difference.

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