Meanwhile, the boy Samuel served the Lord by assisting Eli. Now in those days messages from the Lord were very rare, and visions were quite uncommon. One night Eli, who was almost blind by now, had gone to bed. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was sleeping in the Tabernacle near the Ark of God. Suddenly the Lord called out, “Samuel!”
“Yes?” Samuel replied. “What is it?” 5 He got up and ran to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?” “I didn’t call you,” Eli replied. “Go back to bed.” So he did.
Then the Lord called out again, “Samuel!” Again Samuel got up and went to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?” “I didn’t call you, my son,” Eli said. “Go back to bed.” Samuel did not yet know the Lord because he had never had a message from the Lord before. So the Lord called a third time, and once more Samuel got up and went to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?” Then Eli realized it was the Lord who was calling the boy. So he said to Samuel, “Go and lie down again, and if someone calls again, say, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went back to bed. And the Lord came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10-10 (NLT)
In this passage, Samuel was a young boy who had been given to the service of the priest by his mother to serve in the temple.
During this era, not many people were hearing the voice of the Lord.
Samuel had never heard God’s voice! He didn’t know what God even sounded like.
When the Lord called out to Samuel, the only voice he had been hearing was that of Eli the priest. So, that is who he thought it was.
Do you know what God’s voice sounds like? Would you know His voice if He summoned you?
What does God’s voice sound like?
I have heard some say that they actually have heard an audible voice from God. They literally heard His voice out loud.
I have talked to a lot of people about this very thing and most will tell you that they have never heard an audible voice.
I think if God spoke audibly to some, it would scare us big-time! We would freak out!
So, what does His voice sound like?
"God's voice sounds like you!"
-Dr. Mark Rutland
For the most part, God speaks to our spirit. When it is our spirit speaking from God, it will sound like you talking to yourself.
How do you know that it is not just you thinking these thoughts?
Usually, when God speaks, it is something that you normally would not be thinking and it is like, WOW!
And, if God is speaking to you to make a decision, do something different in your life, speak in to someone else’s life, or speaking something about His Word, there are things that will confirm that it is God and not just you thinking it.
Ask this. “God, if this is You and not just my thoughts, bring some things into alignment that will clarify and confirm this is from You.
To get to this point of speaking back to God and getting clarity, a person has to be where they are ready to hear His voice.
Samuel did not know God’s voice. Finally, Eli realized that it was God speaking and he instructed Samuel to go back to bed and this time, tell God you are listening.
Samuel had to know God for himself, not the God of Eli.
We have to know that He is our God; not the God of our mom and dad or grandparents.
You have to know He is your God!
He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, your parents, and grandparents.
But He is also your God!
Know Him for you!
Be sensitive to hear His voice and He will speak to you. He will tell you secrets. He will give you instructions. He will talk to you as his child.
He is Your God!
“God, I want to hear Your voice. I want to know it is You speaking to me.
Lord, I need to hear from You. I need to know your will and plan for my life. Help me to remain silent in those times when You are trying to speak to me.
God, teach us to hear You. Help those who are reading this or hearing this devotion to be open to Your voice.
We know You have many things to tell us. We open our hearts and ears to hear.
In Jesus name, Amen."