The boy Samuel is now living at the temple with the High Priest Eli. The Bible says that the revelation of the Lord was hardly seen or heard.
However, the Lord choses to speak to Samuel. Thrice, the Lord calls Samuel. Samuel hears him, but thinks he is hearing Eli. The first two times Eli kind of blows him off. The third time Eli picks up that it is the Lord speaking and tells Samuel to respond, “Speak, God. I’m your servant ready to listen.”
A fourth time, the Lord speaks and makes himself present with Samuel, standing before Samuel. Imagine that, the message is so important that the Lord manifests himself and his presence is tangible in Samuel’s bedroom.
This statement caused me to ask myself a few questions.
Who in my life do I run to thinking it is them speaking when it is God? Do I mistakingly have someone else’s voice masquerading as Father? Whose voice do I find myself more attuned to- another persons or Gods?
When Father speaks, do I know it is him? And, am I able to listen for his voice and recognize it as such? Could I handle Father standing at the end of my bed telling me something akin to what he says to Samuel?
And am I his servant? Would I call myself that? Is servant a title I often use of myself when talking to God? Is servant a title I use of myself when talking to anyone else?
Finally, am I ready to listen? Do I take time to listen to the Lord? Am I able to hear his voice clear enough that I can say, I can hear the voice of God when he speaks?
I am going to take some time reflecting on this statement and see if there is something the Lord wants me to learn from it. I want to hear the Lords’ voice. That is a particularly specific presence of the Lord in my life. I don’t ever want to miss his voice. I don’t want to miss a significant turn in my life and end up a different direction than I am supposed to be. I want Father’s presence in my life. How about you? Blessings.