The LORD called Samuel a third time, and Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” 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 lay 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.” 1 Samuel 3:8-10 (NIV)
You live in a noisy world. You run at a frantic pace. Will you be able to hear me over the noise of this world? Will you listen to me while you run at your frantic pace? Those are good questions. Yes, they are. Do you expect me to answer them? Yes, I do. From a lifetime of experience, I know that the answer is no to both your questions. Why is that? I’m hard of hearing. Listening is not my strength. I will never hear you over the noise of the world or while I am running at a frantic pace. That’s true.
Do you want to hear from me? Do you want to hear my instructions? Do you want to follow my guidance? Yes, of course I want to hear from you. I want to know you. I want to know your will. I want to walk in your ways. I want to do what is pleasing in your sight. Then you have a problem. I do? Yes, you do.
What will you need to do if you want to hear from me? What changes will you make in your life so you can hear from me? I will stop running around. I will leave behind my busy life. I will quiet myself before you. I will turn off the noise from the world. I will set apart a sacred time and a special place to meet with you. That will be very good.
Do you think it will be difficult to make yourself ready to hear from me? I’m sure that slowing down so that I can listen to you will be very difficult. My heart and mind and life will not stop on a dime. Are you expecting immediate results? What do you mean by that? You haven’t been quiet. You haven’t been listening. You have been racing. You have been running. Your heart and mind and life have been filled with noise. Will you have perfect hearing on the first day that you start listening to me? No, certainly not. I’m sure that it will take time to recognize and hear your voice. Will that discourage you? Will you give up? Will you quit trying to know me and walk in my ways? No, I will not quit. No, I will not give up. I will keep on meeting with you in our sacred place at our special time. That will be very good. You will hear from me.
Lord, I know that at many points you have tried to get my attention so that you could speak to me. But, I was so busy, preoccupied and not ready to listen. Now, you have my full attention. Speak to me Lord. I am listening. Amen
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