Monday, March 15, 2021


Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 3-4

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The Ark of the Covenant, as depicted in a replica of the Old Testament Tabernacle at Timna Park in Israel. We read today how the sons of Eli carried the Ark into battle where it was captured by Israel’s enemies.

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Key Verse: 1 Samuel 3:10

Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”


The first verse of our reading is a sad commentary on the spiritual life of Israel. “Rare” and “no widespread revelation” says it all. But God spoke to Samuel and Eli was knowledgeable enough to recognize that God wanted someone to listen to Him. God is a communicating God, but are we listening? It’s hard to hear that “still, small voice” (1 Kings 19:12) in the midst of the hustle and bustle of life. This is one of the main reasons why getting up early each day to wait on God is so very important.

God cut Eli’s family off from His blessing because, as our reading informs us, Eli did not restrain his sons from their vile behaviour. This resulted in the tragic capture of the Ark by the enemies of Israel, the death of Eli’s sons, and Eli himself. Most tragic of all was the name of Eli’s grandson, “Ichabod,” meaning that the glory of God had departed from Israel. In our churches, let us reverse the decline and bring God’s glory in Jesus Christ into sharp focus. John said of Jesus, “We beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14b).


Lord Jesus, I take time right now to spend listening for Your voice. In the quietness of this moment, I wait on You. I meditate on the revelation of Your glory! Hallelujah! Grant that I may help to make that revelation widespread throughout the whole world. Please keep me from being so selfish as to keep that revelation to myself. In Your empowering Name I pray, Amen!!!


Eli was the ripe old age of 98 when he died. I was thinking of Eli’s passing this past week. If I live as long as Eli, I’ve got 18 years to go. Whatever time I may have left, I want to serve God faithfully. I want to serve you, dear blog readers. I want to serve the leaders of the Crossroads Family of Ministries. I’m absolutely sure that God did not allow me to live this long in order that I may sit around and twiddle my thumbs! At my age Winston Churchill was serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. I’m asking God for wisdom as to what I should spend my remaining days doing!

Yours for the glory of God, even in humour,


P.S. I’m thankful that, unlike Eli’s sons, my sons are serving God well. The eldest, David Reynold, is a missionary in Africa, and along with his wife, Kathy, leads a ministry called “World Embrace.” He is our blog photographer.  My youngest son, Ronald Wesley, is now, along with his wife, Ann, leading a marriage and family enrichment ministry called “Heart to Heart.” Ron did a series of “Flashback” segments which were released on 100 Huntley Street in 2015 during the 10,000th episode season (click here for a Flashback to 1978 and here for one from 1981).  Ron and Ann work with me daily on this blog.

9 thoughts on “Monday, March 15, 2021

  1. I have been thankful for,blessed by and mentored by David via this blog…which is still ongoing.In order to help those in grieving sites to understand one of my poems/messages I searched out a picture of a painting of a hand reaching down from heaven through a cloud and holding the right hand of Jesus while Jesus was holding another hand reaching up with his left hand.This showed that only Jesus could be in touch with the departed and the ‘remainders’ (us) here below.It’s a simple poem but it’s the message that is important.(I think of David that same way.This blog is his hand reaching down.)Here is that poem:
    His Other Hand

    Do not linger in your sorrow,
    For your grief just brings fear,
    I want for you a happy tomorrow,
    So you can share joy and cheer.

    Keep always looking to the sky,
    For in it’s beauty truth is found
    And like me,truth does not die,
    While in truth can love expound.

    Take hold of His outstretched hand,
    Keep Him as close as I would be,
    For what you fail to understand,
    Is His other hand is holding me.
    G W (Bill) Marshall / Dec 3,2012
    “Happy Trails to you” and God bless

  2. Today’s scripture is so important. We need realize when we hear the voice of the Lord speaking to us, to be quiet, still, and listen. Praying for Doreen, Edna, Luisa and Joseph. Wishing all saints a blessed day in the Lord. Amen.

    …and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. 1 Kings 19:12 NKJV

    Phil Wickham – Battle Belongs (Official Lyric Video)

  3. Isn’t this the same reading as yesterday? Still great although I was a bit confused. We had a difficult day & night here yesterday. 11 police cars, fire engine & 3 ambulances. My friend was found semiconscious & is in hospital – family arriving. Violent family disturbance in another building. Police still here but things quiet now. Praying for peaceful outcome & healing. Thank You Lord. Amen

    • 100Words sent via email was a repeat of 1 Samuel 2. I sent them an email to notify them.

      If you open directly off the web (I have it saved on my toolbar), it is always correct.

      Sorry to hear about your friend, Edna, Doreen. We are praying for her.

  4. Today’s reading really was sad and my thoughts and prayers go to you during I have a prayer request I need two doctors my family doctor is retiring and I need another doctor which is a psychiatrist so I would thank my family bloggers for remembering me in prayer and thank you William for your poem it’s always appropriate amen and may everybody have a blessed day

    • Praying for you Marilyn, that the Lord brings you the two doctors you need as He hand picks them for you. Trust in Him that all will be well.
      God bless you, dearly.

      “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

  5. Marilyn Busse I meant to say my thoughts and prayers are with you Doreen for your friend Edna on said:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Doreen for your friend Edna that was left out in the comment that I just left 🙏🙏🙏

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