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)
Speak To Me
Here I am. I am your servant. I am listening. It gives me great joy to know that you will speak to me. It fills my heart with hope and peace and joy knowing that you will take the time to talk to me. That’s good. Do you have any concerns? Do you have any desires? In the past, I know that I have failed to hear your voice. I have been distracted and preoccupied and busy. I raced right on by you. I did not pause to hear what you wanted to say to me. I don’t want any more of that. It is my desire to grow in my ability to clearly hear your voice. I want to recognize your voice. I want to respond to your speaking to me. That’s good.
What will be required of you if you want to clearly hear me speaking to you? I know that it will require time from me to learn to hear your voice. How so? I think the strength of my desire to hear from you can be measured by the time I am willing to spend quietly listening to you. If I only spend a few minutes here and there, then I am not very serious about my desire to hear from you. On the other hand, if I am spending significant amounts of time with you, in your presence, then we can both be sure that I really do seriously want to hear from you. That’s true.
Why is time necessary for you to learn to hear my voice? Hearing your voice does not come naturally and easily to me. Why is that? The thoughts of my mind and the feelings of my heart race within me. So often, I can barely hear myself think. In order to hear from you I need to slow my heart and mind down. I need to be still before you. Your voice is like a quiet whisper. Your voice will never shout for my attention. I need to be quiet and receptive, if I want to hear from you. That’s true.
Why else is time necessary if you want to hear from me? Hearing from you is like a muscle that needs to be strengthened. The more I hear and obey you, the more I will be able to hear your voice speaking to me. What will happen as you spend more time with me? Our relationship will grow. I will come to know your thoughts. I will come to speak your words. I will come to do your deeds. I will grow in my ability to know and do your will as I live in an intimate relationship with you. You will make me to be more like you. Yes, I will do all these things in you and through you. I have a final question for you. What’s that? Are you impatient? Once, I was. Now, I am expectant. That is very good. You can expect to hear me speaking to you.
Lord, thank you for speaking to me. You use your voice to both guard and guide my life. I will listen attentively to you. I will joyfully go where you voice guides me. I will thankfully do what your voice gives me to do for you. Help me to clearly hear your voice. Amen
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