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LISTENING CLOSELY

1 Samuel 3:10 “Then the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for Your servant is listening.’”

 READY TO SERVE

This is a precious story about a young boy who heard the Lord’s voice for the first time.  Samuel was a servant to Eli, the Priest of God.  After Samuel came to Eli in the night for the third time, thinking Eli had called for him, Eli knew the Lord was calling Samuel and told him how to answer.

Sure enough, the Lord called again.  But notice the difference in this calling.  It says, “Then the Lord came and stood and called as at other times,…”  The first three times the Lord just called.  The fourth time the Lord “came and stood and called.”  He got up close and personal.  He wanted to make sure Samuel heard Him.

TEACHING MOMENT

I explain to children every time I teach how the Lord will speak to their hearts.  That can be confusing for a child, but I explain it.  God will make Himself very clear.  He won’t try to confuse them or scare them.  He wants them to know Him intimately, so He will be clear with His voice.

Your children need to be taught to listen to that voice.  Just as they can’t hear you call them for dinner if they are distracted or busy, they can’t hear God unless they are focused on Him.  I don’t mean they have to be monks or nuns and always in prayer.  I mean they have to have their minds prepared to hear Him by hearing YOU talk about Him and explaining how YOU heard Him.

 Are you listening?  How does God speak to you?  He may quicken your heart with a message.  He may come to you in a dream.  He may use a brother or sister in Christ. But God still speaks.  We must be listening.  We must be teaching others to listen.  And you can always count on one thing.  God’s voice will ALWAYS agree with His Word.  He will never direct you against it.

 O Holy God, speak! Speak Lord! Speak Lord!  Let me hear Your voice. Tell me what You would have me do.  I say as Samuel said, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.”

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