When the Lord speaks. Do we always listen? Do we fully understand? Of course not on both occasions. Most of the time, we don’t fully know that the Lord spoke to us until whatever He says to us comes to fruition. Those ever so subtle times that we actually pay attention to what the Lord is saying often times keep rising up in conversations at random. It’s those random bits that we need to truly listen. What if what He is trying to actually say is a very key part to a direction in your life or a warning you NEED to heed to? If we just simply dismiss those thoughts, thinking that they are just a falling leaf in time, it could be tragic or something big we just missed out on.
I have been thinking a lot about this recently and it brings up one of my favorite stories in the bible in 1 Samuel where Samuel is first hearing from the Lord. He gets confused in thinking that its his master speaking only to find out the 3rd time that it was G-d. That brings me sort of comfort knowing that Samuel didn’t recognize the Lord speaking to him. Now I do think that we deliberately ignore the Lord when He is talking to us as well and that can get us in trouble.
Here is the passage about Samuel hearing from the Lord:
1 The boy Samuel ministered before the LORD under Eli. In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions. 2 One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the LORD, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the LORD called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down. 6 Again the LORD called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD: The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. 8 A third time the LORD called, “Samuel!” 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. 9 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. 10 The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
You can read the rest of the story, but I wanted just wanted to share the part where Samuel is learning to listen to the Lord’s voice. If only we all had an Eli following us around telling us that the Lord is speaking to us . . . oh but we do. His name is The Holy Spirit. If we are kindling the relationship between the HS and us then it will be easier to hear the voice of G-d.
Right now at VC we are learning about the Holy Spirit and it has been great. I have been reminded to listen and pay attention to when the HS is moving and talking to me. Sometimes I don’t like what He is saying cause that means its gonna ruin my plans, my comforts, my lifestyle. But I have also been noticing that when I don’t listen and pay attention, I die a little inside and become like a dried up plant. So now that I have been awakened and made aware that I have not been paying that much attention to the HS, things are going to change, probably only in me at first, but eventually pour out into others around me.