1 Samuel (NKJV)
9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, LORD, for Your servant hears.'” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10 Now the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”
11 Then the LORD said to Samuel: “Behold, I will do something in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle.
A cute story that we have probably all heard. Samuel does not recognize the voice of God speaking to him, and Eli at first does not understand what is going on either. When Eli does finally figure what’s going on he tells Samuel what to do as in Verse 9 above – “you must say, ‘Speak, LORD, for Your servant hears.'”
Can we take this story to heart, for ourselves?
First of all, Gods individual word to me will not come through the Boom-Box or the Idiot box against the wall in the living room! There is some good teaching about Scripture out there, but it is “teaching” about God – not His Voice. Is that to strong? I really don’t think so, if you think about it. There might be a rare exception where a word heard over the media speaks strongly to a situation in our lives. For the most part though, He speaks to us in the quiet times, one-on-one, as we take the time to spend reading His Word, praying and just “desiring” to hear from Him.
When we hear that voice / that word, we than acknowledge it and most importantly – we do what it says.
Remember, Jesus said in Luke 6:46 “… why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say?” His words are meant to be acted upon and to bring life.
Consider this — The Word Amuse looking back to Old French = amuser to cause to be idle… Turn off the Amusement boxes and seek His voice.
Spend some time with Him today. Tell Him that your there to listen. Then get busy doing what you hear Him telling you…
Listening Hard for His Voice