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
Samuel was a young boy living in the temple with the high priest Eli. One night as he was sleeping he heard a voice call his name. He immediately runs to Eli thinking it was him, but it was not. After the second time of this happening, Eli realizes that it was God who was calling Samuel. Eli tells Samuel to answer God and listen to what He has to say. God calls Samuel a third time and Samuel answers Him and listens to Him.
At the time God had called Samuel, He had been silent for some time. The Israelites had turned away from God. Even Eli was not hearing from God anymore. When God decided to speak, it took a while for those hearing to know what was happening and who was speaking.
Many people today feel that God does not speak like that anymore. It is common to hear believers say that they cannot seem to hear God speaking.
It is not so much that God is not talking, but that people are not really listening to what God has to say. People are filling their lives with the things and cares of this world. They are so busy that they cannot hear God speak and when they do hear Him, they don’t know who it really is and question it.
You may be in that position right now, wondering where God is and why He is silent. God is still there and always will be. He is also ready to speak and guide you in your life. He has many things to tell you, but you must be willing to listen.
Listening involves two things: physically hearing and then doing what was said.
Do not allow the things of this world to get you so busy that you cannot hear God’s voice talking to you. Do not let the cares of this world stop you from acting upon what you hear God say.
Ask yourself today if you are really listening to God.
I pray today that you will hear God’s voice clearly; that God will speak His truth into your life; that you will trust God’s Words and act upon them; and that you will not allow the noise of this world to drown out God’s talking to you.