1 Samuel 3:1-4:1a
When Samuel was a small boy he worked in the tabernacle and did whatever the chief priest, Eli, needed him to do. Late one night Samuel heard a voice calling his name. Assuming it was Eli, he ran to Eli and said “here I am!” Eli answered that he had not called for Samuel and sent him back to bed. This happened 2 more times. Finally Eli realized that God was calling out to Samuel so he told Samuel that the next time he heard the voice he should say “Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.”
The next time that God called his name, for it had been God all along, Samuel told the Lord to speak. The Lord then revealed to Samuel that He was going to punish Eli’s family for the sins of his sons.
The next morning Samuel got up and began his daily chores. Eli called Samuel to him and told Samuel to tell him all the Lord had said. Samuel was obedient to both God and Eli and told him everything. I’m sure it was hard for Samuel to tell Eli, whom he worked closely with, that his family would be punished but he was obedient.
Samuel grew in the Lord and became widely known as a prophet. He walked a godly path and was rewarded for it.
Act out being Samuel and God calling him in the night. Have someone be Eli and tell Samuel he didn’t call him. Remind your children that we need to listen carefully to hear God’s voice and obey what He tells us.