Today’s Scripture: So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” (1 Sam. 3:9).
The call which Divine grace designs shall be made effective. Those who hear God’s voice belong to him. The Lord makes it clear, “My sheep hear my voice.” Those who are saved by grace through faith hear and know God’s voice (John 10:27). We hear his voice when we spend time alone reading, studying, and meditating on his Word. The more time we spend with God the easier it becomes for us to recognize His voice. A person should be intent in listening, with a desire to hear the Lord’s voice. There should also be a readiness to attend to whenever the Lord speaks. As it was with Samuel, the call may be repeated as before, until we come to the call.
“GOD, WHO at sundry times and divers manners spoke in times past unto the fathers by the prophets. Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son” (Heb. 1:1-2).
God is not limited in communicating. God spoke to the ancients in many ways, sometimes by dreams and visions, sometimes by Divine influence and revelation. God’s message is also spoken through angels. To Jacob (Israel), God revealed a vision. To Moses He spoke through a burning bush. 1 Kings 19:12 says, that God spoke in a still small voice. God is able to communicate through a whirlwind; His voice thunders in marvelous ways (Job 37:5). He announces His presence by earthquakes (Ex. 19:18). Most graciously God speaks through His Son Jesus Christ. At times God speaks audibly, but mostly He speaks through His written Word. His voice never contradicts His Word.
The more we listen to God’s voice, the better we will be at distinguishing between His voice from other voices in our head. The enemy is a master at deception, manipulation, and distractions (1 Peter 5:8). We must learn to discern what is of God, and what is not, by comparing what we hear against God’s Word (2 Cor. 10:5). Christians have the presence Holy Spirit to discern all matters at hand. He is the Spirit of Truth. He leads us and guides us into all truths for the sake of the Gospel. He agitates our conscience if, we are making a wrong decision. We should expect an answer from God speak, especially after we have pray. If God is silent it does not mean that He isn’t present, or that he hasn’t arranged matters to work out on our behalf. He leads us and guides us through arranging our circumstances.
“The Bible is God’s Holy Word. Maintaining a healthy spiritual diet, by way of a daily dose of the word of God is vital. Here are a few recommended suggestions to help you maintain a balanced diet of God’s Word.”
- Set a regular time to read, study, and meditate (Joshua 1:8). There isn’t a magic formula, the amount of time is up to you.
- Sitting quietly and steadfastly before God gives you access to a one on one conversation with Him. He invites us into His presence. He longs to have a personal relationship with us (Ps. 95:2)
- Talking with him about your concerns or desires, and asking questions will help settle any confusion or difficulties that you may be dealing with. Learn to cast your cares (1 Peter 5:7).
- For spiritual guidance alone time with God is essential. He will never lead you astray. He will lead you and guide you in all your ways (Prov. 3:6)
- Spending quality time with Him strengthens us and encourages our souls (Ps. 28:7).
- We gain a greater sense of confidence after spending time with Him (2 Cor. 3:4; Eph. 3:12). We start to feel daily pressure ease away from us.
- Prayer sets the stage for success (1 Cor. 15:57; Rom. 8:37).
I have a testimony that I would like to share with you. “When I was a little girl I had a friend whose family were famous gospel singers. Her family appeared every Sunday morning on a popular gospel music TV show. One day my friend and I were talking and she told me something that she thought that I needed to know. She warned me that if I were ever alone, and I heard someone call my name not to answer. At that young age I lacked the knowledge of spiritual things. I went to church, but like Samuel I did not know that I would be called by God. I also did not know that the enemy was using my friend to sow seeds of fear in me.
Shortly after hearing my friends advice, I was at home alone and I was fearful. I never liked to be at home alone because there was a closet in one of our bedrooms that was a great secret hiding place. On this particular day, I had a feelings that someone was hiding in that closet. I was anxiously waiting for one of my siblings to come home from school, but it seemed to be taking forever for someone to come home. Suddenly I heard a voice call my name. I remembered what my friend told me, that if I hear someone call my name not to answer. So, I took off running down the stairs and out the front door. I sat on the front stoop waiting until someone came home. I never told anyone about that day, but I thought that I did the right thing by not answering the call. I thought that I was protecting myself.
Years later, I read the story of Samuel. I understood how a young Samuel dwelt at the Lord’s house, but did not recognized the voice of God calling him into the ministry. I understood what had transpired in my youth. Like Samuel, God had called me at a young age, but I did not know His voice, I was afraid, so I ran. As I matured God’s call came again, but this time by way of a dream, instead of an audible voice. God gave me two different dreams, I had each dream three times each. In the first dream I saw myself entering into a house; I had never been to this house before. In the dream, there would be a group of people behind me as I entered the door of the house. I would stop, turn around and look at these people, wondering who there where and why were they following me. It seemed that I crossed the threshold alone, but suddenly these people would appear behind me. I did not understand the meaning of this dream.
In the second dream, I entered a room that was located on the very top floor of a building. The room was fairly large in size and was surrounded by windows which gave it a bright and airy feel. The only furnishings were long tables with chairs that were placed throughout the room. I entered the room with my Bible in hand, took a seat at one of the tables. I sat among the people who were already seated there. Shortly after I sat down, someone would come from behind my chair and place a symbolic clothe on the back of my chair, it was as if to differentiate me from the rest. After pondering on the dream, I finally figured it out. God had qualified me to be a teacher of His Holy Word. First I acknowledged my calling and then I accepted my assignment, since then I never had either dream again.
Today I am happy to be walking in my calling. I apply myself diligently in reading, studying, and teaching the Word of God. In spite of the enemies attempt to hinder my calling, he could not stop what God had ordained for me. And the same goes for you too! The enemy can’t thwart God’s plan for your life either. As a sister and friend, I advise you to answer when God calls you; it will be the best call that you could ever answer.
May you glean all that God has ordained for you. God bless you all.