THEME: VOICE OF GOD
1 Samuel 3:9-11
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.” And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle.
-In the course of our lives we hear many sounds but the voice that we need to hear first is the voice of God. All scripture is inspired by God and this is one of the major sources of His voice (2 Tim 3:16), God also speaks to us through a small still voice as he spoke to Elijah (1 Kin 19:11-14) and Samuel (1 Sam 3:5-11 ), and most often when our conscience bears us witness in the Holy Spirit (Rom 9:1). The Holy Spirit also leads us in prophecy, visions and dreams (Acts 2:17-18). The voice of God is also evidenced in creation (Gen 1), His direction as Moses was called (Acts 7:30-32), obedience to His commandments (Deu 15:5-6; Heb 3:7-8), declaration of Christ as the Son of God (Luke 3:22; 9:34-35), voice of God like the sound of many waters (Rev 1:15) etc.
-When Eli the priest had grown old and his eyes could no longer see, God called Samuel from his sleep. Samuel but he could not perceive it and thought Eli was the one calling. When the Lord came and stood there as Samuel lay and waited, he was called the last time and he responded as Eli instructed him. In the same manner, God calls us in different ways for various purposes and we are reminded to respond like Samuel and do according to His will.
God You are good and Your mercies endures forever. You have enabled us to see this new day in good health; we glorify Your name. It is not by our power nor by might but by Your Spirit Lord. Heal all the sick and suffering merciful Father and deliver us all from our troubles. You have loved us Lord from generation to generation with an everlasting kind of love; we will forever give You praise. We humbly ask You Jehovah to guide us in our gifts, talents and purpose, and direct us always in the way we should go; for Your love for us endures forever. Shepherd us Jesus throughout the week and impart us with fresh wisdom, ideas, opportunities and grant us good success according to Your will. Be with all our children during this holiday that You may protect them and guide them in all that they do. You are the same yesterday, today and forever Jesus, all glory and honor belongs You now and forever. Amen
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