Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD: The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. 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 3:7-10 (NIV)
Ready To Listen?
Are you ready to listen? What do you mean by asking me that? Do you want to hear from me? Yes, of course I want to hear from you. Who would not want to hear from you? Do you think that I will shout to you over the noise of the world so that I will be able to grab your attention? Do you think that I will remove you from the busyness of the world by making your life come to a complete stop, so you will be able to hear from me? You might, your doing either one or both of those things is a real possibility. Do you think shouting at you, forcing you to come to a complete stop, so you can hear from me, are the primary ways I want to communicate with you? No, they are not the normal ways of your acting in my life. Only in an extreme case might you shout at me or force me to come to a complete stop, so that I can hear from you. That’s true. Why is that? You want me to live in a close and intimate relationship with you. You want me to draw near to you as you draw near to me. That’s right.
So, are you ready to listen? Yes, I am ready to listen. I will bring myself to a complete stop so that I can hear from you. I will draw near to you. I will sit at your feet. I will rest in your presence. I will quiet myself before you. I will make myself attentive to you. I will listen carefully to every word that you want to say to me.
What do you know about listening to me? I know that you will speak to me in a still quiet voice. I know that you will not barge into my life. I know that learning to listen to you will require my full attention. I know that learning to hear your voice will take time and patience and practice. I know that how well I listen to you will determine how well I serve you. Will you give yourself fully to listening to me? Yes Lord, I will give myself fully to listening to you. That will be very good.
Lord, it is the utmost desire of my heart to live in an intimate relationship with you. I want to hear your voice speaking to me. I want to listen to every word you have to say. I will sit down. I will quiet myself before you. I will listen carefully and serve you well. Amen
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