Weekly Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:1-10
Listening to God is so important for people of faith. We receive so many messages from other sources every day – many of which contradict the Word of God. But how do we listen to God? Take a moment and think about how you hear God’s voice speaking to you.
One way we can hear God’s voice is by surrounding ourselves with people who are strong in their faith and who are sensitive to the movements of the Holy Spirit. In our Scripture for this week, Samuel was hearing from God, but he did not know it was God speaking to him. He needed Eli to help him listen and discern God’s voice. Without Eli’s help, Samuel could have missed the messages God had for him. When has someone helped you hear God’s voice and discern God’s will? Who is someone now – someone you can trust – who can help you listen for God’s voice?
In order to hear God’s voice, we must be silent and willing to patiently listen. This might take time – time to train our spiritual “ears” to hear, time to clear away distractions, and even time to counteract damaging false messages that we have believed about ourselves, about God, or about the world. As you listen for God, repeat the words of Samuel – words that have been spoken by many faithful persons in Scripture and throughout the ages: “Here I am. Speak, for your servant is listening.” Try paying these words right now and begin listening for God’s voice.
Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. Amen.
Breath Prayer: LORD God, speak and I will listen.