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      Before Jesus came into the world, He cared for lambs.  Samuel was a very little child, no bigger than the least of you, when he was converted.  He was girded with a linen ephod, and his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him every year.  One night as he slept in the holy place, near where the Ark of God was kept, he heard a voice cry, ‘Samuel!’  He started up and ran to old Eli, whose eyes were dim, and said, ‘Here am I; for thou calledst me.’  And Eli said, ‘I called not; lie down again.’  He went and lay down, but a second time the voice cried, ‘Samuel!’  He rose and went to Eli, saying, ‘Here am I; for thou didst call me.’  And Eli said, ‘ I called not, my son; lie down again.’  A third time the holy voice cried, ‘Samuel!’  And he arose and went to Eli with the same words.  Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the child; therefore Eli said, ‘Go, lie down; and it shall be if He call thee, thou shalt say, speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth.’  So he went and lay down.  A fourth time (how often Christ will call on little children) the voice cried, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’  Then Samuel answered, ‘Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth.’  Thus did Jesus gather this lamb with His arm and carried him in His bosom.  For ‘Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him; and the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh’ (1 Samuel 3).


      “Little children, of whom I travail in birth till Christ be formed in you, pray that the same Lord will reveal Himself to you.  Some people say, you are too young to be converted and saved.  But Samuel was not too young.  Christ can open the eyes of a child as easily as of an old man.  Yes, youth is the best time to be saved in.  You are not too young to die, not too young to be judged, and therefore not to young to be brought to Christ.  Do not be contented to hear about Christ from your teachers; pray that He would reveal Himself to you.  God grant there may be many little Samuels amongst you.”


~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne ~

(1813- 1843)

“Memoir and Remains of Robert Murray M’Cheyne”

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