Will God speak to me?

In those days the word of the LORD was rare… – I Samuel 3:1

God’s word was very rare in Samuel’s day. It was one special night that changed the course of a nation. These people were living a life of anarchy with no vision or purpose. Everyone did as they pleased and there was no king or individual to lead them. Then God spoke these words, “Samuel, Samuel”. He called this young unlikely man for something greater. His mother was a woman of great faith who cried out to God for a child. He was the answer to this wonderful woman’s tears. She named him Samuel, meaning, “I asked the Lord for him”. Today, many of us desire to hear the God of the universe speak to us personally and directly by calling our name as he did with Samuel.

So, why did the Lord call this young boy? My Pastor taught us that there are many people who just echo the words of other people but don’t spend time with the Lord to hear from him. Do you wonder, “Why isn’t God speaking to me?” Do you long to hear God’s voice? Let us learn a few simple principles of hearing God’s voice from the life of this great prophet, Samuel.

1. Hearing Requires Being Under Authority. 

Samuel was under the authority of Eli. He was humbled under the mighty hand of God and under the authority God put in his life. It’s mentioned 2 times in 1 Samuel 2:11 and 3:1, “but the boy ministered before the LORD under Eli the priest.” We may long to hear from God and do mighty things for Him but we must not resist or neglect the necessary process. This permits God to mold us and shape us into someone greater than our current selves. There is absolutely no example in the Bible where God used a man who would not submit under authority. The apostle Peter wrote in his epistle to the next up and coming generation;

“Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble”. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” – I Peter 5:5-6

A man under authority will hear the God of all authority!

2. Hearing Requires Guarding Your Heart.

In all circumstances, Samuel walked truthfully before God. Many times we would say that our circumstances make it hard to walk holy before the Lord. Samuel’s surroundings were not the best when he lived in the house of Eli. Eli’s sons lived a wicked life by disregarding the Lord’s offerings and angering God. Despite their sin, it says in I Samuel 2:18, “But Samuel was ministering before the LORD”. He guarded his heart and walked holy before the Lord. Often times people start grumbling and complaining about their circumstances. Understand, God will not use anyone with a grumbling spirit to change the circumstance. Hearing from God requires a guarded heart against all other things that crowd out His voice.

3. Hearing Requires A Growth Process

Samuel grew day by day in favor of the Lord and men

God, our heavenly potter wants to shape us into a wonderful vessel to bless many lives but it involves time. God did not change Samuel into a prophet in one day. The key is that Samuel allowed God’s daily work to take place one simple step at a time. God is not expecting perfect people to use for his Glory. He is looking for people who will wait in His presence, hear His voice, and grow day by day. Samuel was not only truthful before God, but he was also honest before men whom he served.

“And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the LORD and with men.” I Samuel 2:26

Growth in hearing is well worth the process.

4. Hearing Requires Obeying God’s Servants

Obeying will lead the way to hear from God directly.

Finally the night came when God called Samuel. In 1 Sam. 3 we see Samuel running to Eli saying, “Here I am, did you call me?” Not once, but three times God called Samuel and he thought it was Eli. Samuel’s ears were so tuned to obey Eli that he did not realize it was God speaking to him. This is the key to hearing from God. If we obey God’s words spoken through the servant He placed us under, we become a perfect candidate to hear from God directly. The third time Eli realized that the Lord was speaking to the boy and he taught him how to respond. This time when the Lord called, “Samuel, Samuel”, he was ready.

Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” – I Samuel 3:10

Listening and obeying our delegated authorities prepares us to hear God for ourselves.

God now began speaking to him regularly. The whole nation recognized that Samuel was a prophet of the Lord. How wonderful to see the relationship grow. The Word says that God spoke with Samuel as one would speak to a friend even sharing his sorrow with him. Samuel was the one whom God used to direct the nation of Israel in and through one of her most important times in its history. He used the hearing Samuel to anoint kings and serve his people.

“The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the LORD. The LORD continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.” – I Samuel 3:19-21

Even in this generation, God is looking for people with whom he can share his heart and reveal himself. If you live under authority, guard your heart, allow the process of growth, and obey your authorities, you will foster a life of hearing the voice of God calling you to be and do more than you ever dreamed possible!

 God Bless You