Hearing God speak

“The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

And the LORD said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears of it tingle.  At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family—from beginning to end. For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons made themselves contemptible, and he failed to restrain them. Therefore, I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’ ”   – I Samuel 3:10-14

Okay, I have to admit that I am a little jealous of Samuel here.  God spoke in a clear and audible voice to Samuel.   He called to him three times, and then had a conversation with Samuel.

Sometimes, I feel that when I pray, I do not receive an answer.  I know that God hears, but I sometimes feel that I do not get a clear response.  Is it because He is ignoring me?

The answer is a definite NO!!

God is faithful to hear us.  Sometimes, we just don’t know how to listen.  Read the following account of Elijah from I Kings below:

“The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.  When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”  – I Kings 19:11-13

In today’s hectic world, we are online, plugged in, and to a degree, tuned out.  We look for the miraculous and ignore the mundane.  Not to say that God is mundane in any way, just that we sometimes ignore the obvious while looking for the ornate.  God came to Elijah in a whisper, not a shout.  Elijah was focused, and therefore saw God when he needed Him.

I know in my prayer life, I sometimes forget to switch the channel from ‘broadcast’ to ‘receive’.  I await the trumpets, and forget to listen for whispers.

I will be quiet now.  I think I hear someone whispering to me.  Let’s listen and see where this takes us.

In Him,


May 26 2009 06:37 pm | General

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