Do You Hear?

I Samuel 3:10 And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.

People look at you as being strange if you say that God speaks to you. And yet there is no question that He does. The first problem is whether or not we are listening and the second is whether or not we know His voice well enough to recognize it.

Our verse for today reveals a time in the prophet Samuel's life where he was just learning to recognize the voice of God.  Samuel was trying to sleep and God came to him. Samuel heard the voice of God 3 times and each time thought it was the voice of Eli the priest. It was finally at the instruction of Eli that Samuel heard and recognized the voice of God. Thus his answer, "Speak, for thy servant heareth".

You and I do not have Eli to tell us to listen, but when we are communicating with God, we need to learn to listen so he can answer us. His voice  does not necessarily come booming out of the heavens. We can see in scripture how God spoke to Elijah:

I Kings 19:11-12 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
It was the still small voice that Elijah heard that he recognized as God. It is the same with us! God can speak in a variety of ways, but it seems most often it is in a still small voice. So we need to be listening.
God can speak any time and any where. We need to make sure we are in such a close relationship with Him that we hear and recognize His voice. God speaks to give us direction, warning, comfort, peace and the list goes on. The important thing is that we hear Him.
God has not left us. He speaks to believers today just as He spoke to the prophets of old. Tune your ears so that you hear and recognize his calling. When you need to hear Him, He will speak to you!
Keep Looking Up!


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