THEME: LISTENING AND HEARING
1 Samuel 3:6-11 NKJV
“Then the Lord called yet again, “Samuel!” So Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” He answered, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” (Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him.) And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you did call me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.” Then the Lord said to Samuel: “Behold, I will do something in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle.”
-Listening and hearing can be mutually exclusive but not in all cases. Sometimes one can listen and hear at the same time. Other times one can either listen and not hear, or hear but not listen which results in a lot of misperceptions, misinformation and misunderstandings. When Eli grew old and could no longer see nor hear from the Lord, the Lord chose Samuel His servant to replace him as priest. Since Samuel was young and had not heard the Lord’s voice nor His word, he was not discerning when he was called. He listened but did not hear correctly, until Eli directed him to the Lord. Sometimes we listen but do not hear correctly though dreams, visions, prophecies, scriptures etc. Other times we need more experience and anointed men and women like Eli to guide us so that we may hear God’s voice more clearly and understand His will.
Dear Lord Jesus, we honor You and bless Your holy name. Only You are our God, we have no other. We surrender our hearts to You, that You may use us to influence Your kingdom in the way that You have called us by Your power Holy Spirit. May You sharpen our hearing that we may listen, hear Your voice and follow You. May You grant us the wisdom to hear from You do as per Your instructions. May You direct us in Your ways and purpose throughout this week and grant us Your favor and grace in all things. May Your name be praised and exulted in all the heavens and the earth. May Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We praise You and exult Your name, and it is in Jesus mighty name we pray believing and trusting. Amen
Further reading: Revelation 3:20