I’m Listening

He was just a young boy. His older “brothers” and adopted father were not good role models, and yet, into this bleak upbringing, God spoke into Samuel’s life. When Samuel first heard God speak, he thought it was Eli, the priest, who slept in the next room. Three times God spoke to Samuel, and each time he went to Eli saying, “Here I am, you called me.” Finally, Eli gave Samuel the advice he needed to hear. “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, Speak Lord, for your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:9). Samuel obeyed and God spoke. As a young boy, Samuel started to learn how to discern the voice of God. This account challenges me because I want to be the kind of person who hears God as well. Here are a few principles I have learned about listening to God. First, don’t insist on your own method of how God speaks. If you wait around for an audible voice, you will be disappointed. The audible voice of God sometimes breaks into people’s lives, but this is rare. Instead, we need to listen within our spirit. Cultivate your inner life by removing the clutter. Get comfortable with quietness. How can we hear God if we constantly flood our ears and minds with a never-ending parade of noise? By following Jesus in the disciplines of prayer and the Word of God, we learn to discern the voice of God. Whenever God has spoken to my heart, His directives have never gone against His revealed Word, the Bible. Next, to hear from God, we need to want to hear. Many have no interest in hearing God speak, because it interferes with “their” lives. God speaks to those who are willing to obey. Yes, God speaks to non-believers, but mainly concerning the challenge for repentance and restoration. Finally, God often chooses to speak through other servants of the Lord. Going to church and participation in the Body of Christ is not just a suggestion from church leaders, but an expectation from the Lord. I can’t tell you the number of times God has spoken to my life through godly pastors and friends. In summary, if you want God to speak to you, place yourself in a position to hear. Pray as Samuel prayed, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.”

Pastor Mark Boucher

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