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August 15, 2017, 5:00 AM

Is there something you need to share with someone about your life today?



The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel, Samuel!”  Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10

I have often wished that God were not invisible.  We may easily see the handiwork of God in nature or perhaps glimpse the peace of God in others.  But God Himself…He remains invisible.  As a child, I would stare in wonder and confusion as adults held hands and prayed to someone or something, so real to them and yet invisible to me.  As a child, we used to sing a song that said, “He walks with me and He talks with me.  And He tells me I am His own.  And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.”  But I could not hear God talking.   I did not see Him walking beside me.  As far as I was concerned, if I were His, He was silent on the matter.  Did God have a voice?

 

I can really relate to a man named Samuel.  In the Bible, Samuel was the longed for child of Hannah.  To give thanks to the Lord for his life, she dedicated her son to the service of God by sending him to the tabernacle at an early age to train under a priest named Eli.  Samuel’s story picks up in the third chapter of 1 Samuel.  It was night time and Eli and Samuel had laid down to sleep.  Samuel hears a voice calling him so he goes to Eli to find out what he needs.  Eli had not called.  Again, Samuel hears a voice calling, and again, after seeking Eli, he learns that Eli had been silent; “My son,” Eli said [to Samuel], “I did not call; go back and lie down.”

 

The third time Samuel hears a voice calling him he goes to Eli and says, “Here I am; you called me.”  The Bible says, “Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy.  So Eli told Samuel, ‘Go and lie down, and if He calls you say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’  So Samuel went and laid down in his place.  The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, ‘Samuel, Samuel!’  Then Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’”  Samuel was surprised by the voice of God.  He did not yet understand the language of the Lord.  He had trouble discerning the voice of God from the voice of man.  Do you relate to that? I sure do. As the boy Samuel grew into the man Samuel, he learned to better understand the language of God. 

 

Most often, God’s way of communicating to us is different than the kind of communication that we are accustomed to.  Just like the words of a new song, we need to learn the rhythm and words of the Holy Spirit until it becomes intimately familiar.  We do this by approaching God and listening – over and over – until we begin to recognize the Spirit’s voice.  Over time, we will come to know God and the voice of His Spirit teaching us, reminding us of truth, and guiding us. In the beginning, it took someone wiser than Samuel to help him recognize God’s voice.  Who do you allow to speak into your life?  Are they wise in the ways of God or wise in the ways of the world?  Sometimes it takes someone else to see what we are not yet capable of seeing.  This is true no matter how long we have walked with God.  The fact is, Eli needed Samuel just as much as Samuel needed Eli.  As their story continues, God ended up speaking to Eli through Samuel.  We need each other as we walk toward Christ.

 

So, how does an invisible God speak?  I imagine this answer is as diverse as His creation.  God knows His children best and He knows how to best communicate with them.  But primarily, He speaks to us through his Word.  God will never ask you to do something that is outside of His character as we see Him in the Bible.  If you feel like God is silent in your life, maybe you need to pick up your Bible and say “Speak, for your servant is listening.”  Those became powerful words for Samuel and ended up having a powerful impact on the lives of those around him.  God’s primary way of speaking to us is through His word yet He does use others to reach us.  Is there something you need to share with someone about your life today?

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, thank you for speaking to me. Lord thank you for putting people in my life that recognize Your voice and speak truth into my life. Jesus please give me the ears to hear Your voice and Your word, speak, for your servant is listening.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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