1 Samuel 3:1-10 [11-20]
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
2 Corinthians 4:5-12
The LORD came, stood there, and called as before, “Samuel, Samuel!?” Samuel responded, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10 (CSB)
God is speaking – will you listen?
What would you do if you heard God speak? Would you listen? In the days of Eli, the Bible says the “word of the Lord was rare and prophetic visions were not widespread” (1 Samuel 3:1 CSB). It was in this spiritual dearth that God called Samuel. Samuel mistook God’s voice for that of Eli, but after several visits, Eli understood it was the Lord calling Samuel. After Eli’s instruction, Samuel received a word from God by listening.
Will you listen? God is speaking now. Although God speaks in many ways, He communicates primarily through His written revelation – the Bible. Many desire a supernatural encounter like Samuel’s but neglect reading what God has spoken. The Bible is God’s word to you. Will you listen?
Suggestion for Prayer
Thank God for His infallible and inerrant written revelation. Ask Him to speak to you as you read its pages.
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