1 Samuel 3:15 – Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of Yahweh. Samuel feared to show Eli the vision.
The story of the Lord speaking to Samuel in the night is well-known. What is less well-known is what God told Samuel – that He was bringing judgment against his teacher and priest Eli, and Eli’s family for the way they had failed to deal carefully with the sacred things of the temple.
Imagine getting that as your first prophetic word – and then having to deliver it to the one who had been discipling and training you! We can understand why Samuel feared to show Eli the vision!!
Samuel went on to a national prophetic ministry, but it began with what was right in front of him. In the same way, when the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, the first thing that Gideon had to do was to pull down the sinful altar of his father – something which he was so fearful of that he did it at night so he wouldn’t be seen!
There are many people who desire national and international ministries. But for these men, it began at home – with the ground right in front of them. They had to overcome the fear of man before God was able to release them into the fullness of their calling.
In the same way, if we spend our time worrying about what people might say if we speak up for the Lord – we will never move forward into the fullness of what He has for us.
“The fear of man is snare, but the righteous are as bold as a lion”