Speak Lord, I’m Listening
Day: 3 | Plan: 1-2 Samuel
Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 3
1 Samuel 3:7 (NIV) “Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD: The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.”
Have you ever been woken out of a sound sleep by your spouse, your child, or maybe the ringer on your cell phone? It can be startling, right? Especially if it’s in the middle of the night and you’re not expecting it.
Now imagine if that someone who woke you up was God. Yes, God. Wow, let that sink in for a minute. How would you respond? What would you say? What would you do?
Well, that is exactly what happened to Samuel—not just once, but four times in one night—God called out Samuel’s name. But Samuel thought the voice calling him belonged to Eli who was resting close by. He didn’t realize until the last time that it was the voice of God.
We know from Scripture that Samuel was a young boy when this happened. (1 Samuel 3:3). He was already faithfully serving God and diligently learning about God from the moment his mother, Hannah, brought him to the tabernacle to live with Eli. But Samuel didn’t have a personal relationship with God. (1 Samuel 3:7) And, yet, in a matter of seconds, his experience of God went from educationally formal to deeply personal.
God had a special calling and important message for Samuel to deliver. (1 Samuel 3:11-14) And when we look closely at Samuel’s response to God’s voice we find clues as to why God entrusted Samuel with His message.
Samuel didn’t roll over in bed and ignore God’s call. He didn’t make a list of pros and cons as to why he should or shouldn’t respond to the call. Or wonder if he really heard the call. Instead, Samuel immediately responded to God’s voice by getting up and going straight to Eil, saying, “Here I am; you called me?” (1 Samuel 3:4) Even though Samuel didn’t realize it was God’s voice at first, his awareness of God’s voice at such a young age would prove to be pivotal.
If you believe in Christ and have a personal relationship with Him, it’s not a matter of if God speaks to you, but rather how you will respond when He speaks to you.
Regardless of how God speaks—whether it’s through His Word as we read it, or deep within our hearts when He nudges us—the question is will we listen? Do we respond right away or do we delay? Are we quick to reply or slow to answer? Will we have a listening ear and servant’s heart like Samuel and say “Speak, for your servant is listening”? (1 Samuel 3:10b).
God has so many things He wants to share with you. He loves when you respond to His voice and it brings Him so much joy when you acknowledge His presence. Be still for a while and talk with Him. Tell Him your hopes and your dreams. Quiet yourself for a moment, remove all the distractions and just be with Him. Choose to rest in God’s Word and let Him speak tenderly to you.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, whenever and however You choose to speak to me, let my response always be “Yes, Lord, your servant is listening.” Whether You’re inviting me to participate in something new and exciting. Or revealing an old habit that I need to change. Whatever it is, Lord, I want to answer quickly and obediently every single time. Help me to recognize Your voice. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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