Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:1-9
3 Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. 2 And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, 3 and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle[a] of the Lordwhere the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down, 4 that the Lord called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!” 5 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.
6 Then the Lord called yet again, “Samuel!”
So Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” He answered, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 7 (Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him.)
8 And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you did call me.”
Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy. 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.
Does God speak to us? John 10:27 says “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” Yes, God speaks to us. Scripture gives us many examples of God speaking to His people.
Moses – God spoke out of a burning bush
Daniel – God spoke through visions
Paul – God spoke out of a bright light
Adam – God spoke face to face
Elijah – God spoke from a still small voice
“Consider how the Lord continued to call young Samuel until Eli helped him understand he was hearing the voice of God (1 Sam. 3:1-9).
sometimes, in our desperation to hear something, we run the risk of convincing ourselves we’re hearing from God when we’re not.
6 things we should know about how God speaks
- God’s voice is always consistent with His Word. Any message must agree with what the Lord has already said in the Scriptures.
- His voice is quiet. God often speaks to our hearts through His Holy Spirit in an inaudible but compelling way.
- The Lord speaks clearly. If we’ll tune our hearts to Him by setting aside time to read His Word and listen for His Spirit to speak, He will give us clear guidance.
- God may speak through other believers
- God Speaks through His word
- God speaks through sermons
“When God speaks, we have two choices: accept and obey, or deny and retreat. People who have ignored the voice of God know it. Perhaps God called you into the mission field but you chose to pursue another vocation instead. Or maybe you simply made decisions you knew to be unwise and against God’s teachings”. It’s not too late to listen to God.