WEDNESDAY October 17, 2018
Hearing God’s Voice
…the Lord called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!” So he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” And he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” And he went and lay down.
1 Samuel 3:4-5
Can you imagine how Samuel felt when he heard a voice call to him? He did not know Jehovah God or discern His voice. He was just a child, and thought it was Eli the priest, but the whole time it was the Lord. Samuel respected Eli, he never spoke against him. Did you notice the willingness of this young boy? He jumped up out of bed because he was so eager to do anything in the tabernacle.
Samuel had a great attitude, but Eli told Samuel he was hearing things and to lie back down. I believe the reason God would continue to call Samuel was because He was training him to hear His voice––to discern. He was teaching Samuel to tune in––so He could teach him who He was. God was stirring up his heart.
Seriously, today’s teenagers do not even want to get up out of bed! This is a good lesson for kids. Also, as believers, there are many voices that we can hear today, but do we recognize the voice of God? That is the most important thing––especially as leaders. If we do not know the voice of God, we are in deep trouble.
Leaders have a great responsibility to be tuned in to the right voice, especially when there are so many needs in the ministry before us. It is very important not to get caught up in our own little worlds. If you are in tune with God in the ministry, He will use you to help others, and then you will be a super-blessed saint.
The Bible speaks to you in the very tones of God’s voice.
~C. H. Spurgeon~
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