“Then Samuel said, ‘Speak for your servant is listening.’ And the Lord said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something [in Israel] that will make the ears of everyone tingle.’ ” 1 Samuel 3 :10-11
We can learn a great deal from Samuel’s call from God. He was a youth serving under a priest of the Temple. He lived at al times near the Ark of the Covenant, in the Holies of Holies where God dwelt. He even slept near it! Yet, the first time God called, he did not know who it was. His priest, Eli was even slow on the uptake. But when Eli figured out God was tapping on Samuel’s shoulder, he told him how to respond.- Speak for your servant is listening.
Some of us are blessed to have been raised in Christian homes. If you have kids at home and you are rearing them to know and love and pray to the Lord, you are giving them a blessing beyond measure. But the day will come, and praise Him when it does, that God will no longer be someone they pray to, but talk to and they will hear Him respond.
Praise the days we do! In the midst of our busy lives, no matter how involved we are in Church, read the Word and pray, we still need to dwell in His presence. That way, when He breaks through and calls us, may we always take time to stop and say, “Speak, your servant is listening.” Then our ears will tingle! Then we will see He is about to do something – touch us in a new way.
Dear Lord, let not our communication be a one way street. Fill my prayer time not just with requests but silence as I eagerly wait Your response. As my Shepherd, let me always know the sound of Your voice and respond in obedience, ready to listen, ready to receive, ready to serve.
May I always dwell in Your presence so I am ready to respond when You call. Amen.
“The watchman opens the gate for him and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out….and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.” John 10: 3-4
“Now choose life, so that you may love the Lord your God. Listen to his voice and hold fast to him.” Deuteronomy 30:19-20