Samuel was born to Hannah and Elkanah. They both feared and worshipped the Lord. Samuel was dedicated to the Lord at a very young age. The bible says “The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli” (1 Samuel 3:1). Samuel began serving God when he was still a young boy, perhaps in his early teenage years. He was given a special vision when he was still very young. Although the vision was about judgment against Eli’s household because of their disobedience, Samuel carefully guarded the revelation he received. Because of his obedience, God honored Samuel and he played a major role in God’s plan for the nation of Israel and ultimately for God’s plan of salvation for all mankind.