"Sometimes God remains silent until we are ready to listen"
When Samuel was just a boy, God wanted a relationship with Samuel. He called out to him, “Samuel”. Yet, Samuel didn't recognize that it was God speaking to him. He was confused. God called out to him a second time. Yet, he still didn’t make the connection that it was God. Through the influence of his mentor, when God called out to him for the third time, Samuel was ready to hear God. He was told that when God called out to him again to say, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.” (I Samuel 3:10)
Not much has changed since then. God still speaks.
He actually calls out to you and me. Yet, many of us feel confused and don’t recognize how God is speaking to us…or, are we even making room in our busy lives for us to listen?
I’m thankful that for years I’ve had a consistent daily devotional time. However, in the last year, the phrase that Samuel said, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”, has enticed me. I’ve learned so much from God’s Word over the years, yet I’ve sensed the Lord has so much more to say to me if I would learn to be a better “spiritual listener”.
I’m learning to be more attentive to the indwelling Spirit of God within me. I Corinthians 2:10-12 says:
“ …these are the things God has revealed by his spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.”
The writer of Hebrews says, "Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.” (Heb. 5:11 NASB)
I want to grow in becoming a better “spiritual listener” and not be a "dull hearer". Most days, I’ve embarked on a new regimen of setting aside 5 minutes each day to focus and sincerely ask, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.” I usually do this after I’ve read Scripture and push all the “to-do’s” out of my thoughts. It’s been changing my life and significantly deepening my relationship with God! I’ve found Him releasing me from fears; changing "my" plans for His; releasing resentments and other spiritually empowering experiences. (Think about it. If we invested just 5 minutes a day doing this, we would have set aside 30 hours out of our year focused on “listening to God”).
Join with me in cultivating a lifestyle that pushes aside all the voices and noises of the day to just enjoy the voice of the Great Shepherd.
"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me." (John 10:27 NASB)