“The LORD came and stood there,
calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
(1 Samuel 3:10)
It is abundantly clear from Scripture that God communicates with His people. He does so directly, through His appointed spokespeople, through the Scriptures, through circumstances and through His creation.
- “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.” (Hebrews 1:1-2)
- “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)
He came to Samuel during the night and called out to him, He kept on doing so until Samuel was in a position to understand that it was God calling him and not Eli. Samuel could then give the correct response of “Speak, for Your servant is listening.” God didn’t give up – He kept on until He was heard.
Jesus said that “his sheep follow him because they know his voice.” (John 10:4). We need to practice listening for Him and to Him all the time. Wherever we are, and whatever we are doing, we should be listening for the voice of the Lord – for what it is that He might wish to say to us. It might be a word of comfort, strength or encouragement, a word of love, a word of direction or warning, or a word where He shares with us something of Himself. He is with us always so He will already be there too.
Take time to enjoy and marvel at God’s creation and at the Creator who brought it to life. Take time to soak in the Scriptures as they too speak of the Lord and bring His words to us. Take time in the stress and busyness of life to Be Still before the Lord allowing Him the opportunity to sit with you. And in all this listen for His quiet voice or flash of understanding. Ask Him to help you to hear and expect that He will do so. Persevere and you will begin to recognise and rejoice in His voice.
God’s communication with us is important. Important for our faith, important for our relationship with Him, important for our witness and important for the work to which He has called us.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
Father, please help me to listen for You, to hear You and to respond to what You say to me. Help me also to love Your Scriptures and to soak in Your word. Amen.