Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 1, 2018

Listening

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:29 pm

1 Samuel 3:7-10 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.” (NIV)

To listen to someone, we must expect them to speak to us.  We must actively listen.  We must not, while they are talking to us, think about what we want to say when they are finished.  We must focus our minds and hearts on what they are saying.  When we first start trying to hear God speak to us we must meditate on His written word to put our minds actively on Him.  As with Samuel, the quiet, inner voice we hear may sound to us very much like that of someone we know well.  As we meditate on the scriptures with an open mind as to their meaning for us at this particular time we will hear exactly what we need to hear at the time.  We must be sure we have put away any pre-conceived ideas as to the meaning or as to what God would say to us.  We need to recognize in humility we can’t presume what God is saying.  When I hear God, I don’t hear individual words.  I hear compete thoughts instantly.  It takes me much longer to write out what I’ve heard or even repeat it in my mind.  It’s hard to describe the instantaneous and complete thought which, when written out can be as long as a paragraph.  Each of us hears in different ways.  The important thing is to practice meditating on the Scriptures in an attitude of prayer being willing to hear whatever God chooses to speak to us.  Whether it be correction, direction, comfort, or encouragement, let us be like Samuel and say, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.”

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