Samuel was an Ephraimite, not a Levite. He was not qualified for the priesthood or to serve in the temple.

1 Samuel 1:1, “Now there was a certain man from Ramathaim Zuphim, in the hill country of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite.” Modern English Version

But God’s hand was on Samuel. Set apart before birth, his mother dedicated him as a lifetime Nazarite.

1 Samuel 1:11, “So she made a vow and said, ‘O Lord of Hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant, and remember me and not forget Your maidservant, but will give to Your maidservant a baby boy, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.’ ” Modern English Version

Hannah’s vow to never cut Samuel’s hair was a Nazarite vow, (see Numbers 6:2-21). The vow was to separate themselves to the Lord. They separated themselves from wine and strong drink, vinegar made from wine or strong drink, grapes, grape juice, raisins, grape seeds, and the skin of grapes. They would not approach a dead body.

Samson was another man who was a lifetime Nazarite, (see Judges 13:2-5). His strength was the anointing from God. When they cut his hair, it broke one of the requirements of the Nazarite vow and the anointing lifted. Earlier, he broke the requirement to not approach a dead body, (see Judges 14:5-9).

Even after failing to keep the requirements, Samson was forgiven. His hair grew back and God anointed him one more time, (see Judges 16:23-31).

Even though Samuel was not qualified by birth, God still used him.

1 Samuel 3:19-21, “And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and did not let any of his words fall to the ground. All Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was proven to be a prophet of the Lord. And the Lord appeared again in Shiloh. For the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.” Modern English Version

We may not be qualified and we will fail, but God can use us anyway.

Dear Father God,

I am grateful that you do not call the qualified, but you qualify those you call. I am grateful that there is forgiveness after failure and all we have to do is repent. I acknowledge that the words I type only touch someone when You are giving me the words. I know that the notes I play do not matter unless you touch them. Without you, I can do nothing.

In Jesus Name,


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