1 Samuel 3:1-21 – The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. 2 One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see,was lying down in his usual place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was.4 Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down. 6 Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 8 A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 11 And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle. 12 At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family—from beginning to end. 13 For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God, and he failed to restrain them.14 Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’” 15 Samuel lay down until morning and then opened the doors of the house of the Lord. He was afraid to tell Eli the vision, 16 but Eli called him and said, “Samuel, my son.” Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 17 “What was it he said to you?” Eli asked. “Do not hide it from me. May God deal with you, be it ever so severely, if you hide from me anything he told you.” 18 So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, “He is the Lord; let him do what is good in his eyes.” 19 The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground. 20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the Lord. 21 The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.
So many people say to me all the time, “I can’t distinguish between my voice, the enemies voice, and God’s voice. How can I know that I am listening to the right voice?” One clue is when God tells you to do something that you KNOW you would never have thought of yourself because we KNOW us, RIGHT? We know when selfishness stands in the way of our obedience. We may not be willing to admit it out loud, but we know. The second clue is to find out if it is edifying and uplifting or will create chaos and confusion. The first is from God. He will never ask you to do something that goes against His word. The enemy will try to steer us away from doing anything that will build up the Kingdom. Sometimes, we question ourselves as to the information we have just received through prayer, other people, a circumstance, or the Word of God. We battle with ourselves and the Lord and we think long and hard about the new task at hand before we begrudgingly obey the Master.
What makes us ready to hear the Voice of God? We need to be obedient and faithful servants for one. We must be willing to respond to Him, second. We must be faithful in the small things if we hope to hear from Him in the big things. Here is what catches me off guard every time and these are questions I am asking myself today. Am I still enough to listen? Am I in the right place to hear His still, small voice? Am I too busy trying to DO and not quiet enough to HEAR? Am I letting go of the noise in my head and the emotional confusion that goes with it? Am I inviting God to speak to me by being faithful, obedient, humble, and receptive? I want to be one who says:
“Speak, for your servant is listening.”
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To further your reading, and to dive a bit deeper, consider this from Luke 16:10 – “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.
What are we faithful with today? What small things is God asking for our obedience in? So many times we want to rationalize things away instead of listening, but if we don’t listen and obey, then His voice will be harder to hear. Are we more concerned with the riches of the world or the riches of heaven?