Hearing God’s Voice
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 3-5; Psalm 77; 2 Corinthians 8
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Samuel 3:1-15
Awhile back, I flew into Baltimore, MD for a business trip. As I was driving to my final destination about an hour outside of Baltimore, the radio station that I was listening to kept fading in and out. As I drove through the rolling terrain, I noticed that when I was on top of hills, the signal came through loud and clear, but when my rental car descended into valleys the signal would fade and I was barely able to hear the song among the static. I did not think much of it at the time, but I vividly remembered this experience as I was reading today’s key passage. So often, hearing God’s voice works the same way as hearing that radio station. As we move through our spiritual life, we all have high points and low points. At our highs, we are reading God’s Word daily, we are spending time with Him in prayer, we are living in obedience, and we are constantly seeking Him. In those times, His voice comes in loud and clear. When we begin to slip, however, things change. As we begin to allow the business of life to distract us from His Word or from prayer, His voice becomes harder and harder to hear. If we spend enough time with our focus and obedience away from God, all we will be able to hear is static.
In today’s key passage, Samuel also faced a problem in hearing God’s voice, but his problem was a bit different. He had no trouble hearing God voice, but he had difficulty discerning the source. One night while lying in the temple, God called out to Samuel three different times. Each time, Samuel’s response was correct in that he answered, “Here I am”, but he thought it was Eli, the high priest, who was calling him. In 1 Samuel 3:7, we begin to understand the problem when we read, “Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD: The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.” Because Samuel did not yet know God, he was unable to realize that the voice he was hearing came from the Lord. As Samuel’s relationship with God grew, he would eventually solve this problem. Likewise, as our relationships with God grow, we will not only find it much easier to hear God’s voice, we will also be able to discern when it is His voice that is calling us. The further away from God we are, the more “static” we will hear. We will find that we have so many voices speaking to us – the voices of our sinful desires, our past hurts, and our enemy – that we will be unable to distinguish between those voices and the voice of the most-high God. Whenever you are having trouble hearing God’s voice and discerning His calling for your life, learn to press in even closer to Him. Spend more time in His Word. Spend more time in His presence. As our relationship with God grows deeper and as we shift our focus more on Jesus Christ, we will start to hear from Him loud and clear, and we will be able to answer His calling by saying, “Here I am”.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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Posted on April 8, 2013, in 09 - 1 Samuel and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Faith, God, Godly Living, Jesus, Perseverance, Religion, Samuel, Trust. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.