God speaks. He speaks everyday.
Do you hear Him?
“How does God speak?” you may ask, “I’ve never heard God’s voice.”
The answer is not as simple as just one way that God communicates with His people.
He uses His word to speak to us, as well as the Holy Spirit’s prompting inside of us during prayer, worship, and daily life, and the words of our pastors, teachers, and even parents.
God can and does use all of these ways to communicate to us, but we have to be willing to respond.
Jesus talks about hearing and responding to Him in John 10:27-28, where He says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”
In our reading today we will be looking at 1 Samuel 3:1-14. Samuel had been dedicated to the Lord to live at the temple while he grew up by his mother who hadn’t been able to have children. She had promised God that if He helped her have children, she would give her firstborn to God’s service. When Samuel was old enough to be separated from his mom, she brought him to the temple to serve there with Eli, the head priest.
Eli had three very evil sons who did not honor God, so God decided to make Samuel the next high priest instead of Eli’s sons.
In this amazing passage of scripture, God calls to Samuel 3 times, and Samuel finally answers the third time after thinking it was Eli who had been calling him.
God told Samuel that He was going to punish Eli’s family forever, and that their family would no longer be the priests. It isn’t recorded that Samuel would be the next priest of Israel, but this is the first time God really takes away the blessing from Eli’s family and puts it on Samuel.
What is very important to see in this passage is how Samuel responds to God’s call. In verse 10, Samuel responds to God’s call with “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
The question is, are we listening to God with a servant’s heart today?
When we hear God’s word in church or read it on our own, are we humble enough to let it change us and to follow where God has just told us to go?
When the Holy Spirit inside of you prompts you to do or say something, are you brave enough to listen?
Or do you just let sermon after sermon, bible verse after bible verse pass you by, never changing or truly following after what God is speaking to you everyday?
It’s time for you to pray and really speak to God, and then read His word or listen to your pastor’s sermon and let His spirit speak to you through it.
God will show you what you need to change in your life.
When He shows you, respond in humbleness, asking for His help to accomplish the changes in your life, and then go out and live for God!
Trust me, I am nowhere near perfect and I don’t listen to God enough either, but this is truly something we all must work on if we want to grow to be more Christ-like.
So today, let God speak to you, and then go out and do something about it!
Let’s talk in the comments below:
- How is God speaking to you today?
- Tell about a time when you felt led to do something by God, and took a step of faith and listened.