1 Samuel 3:1-13 The boy Samuel was serving God under Eli’s direction. This was at a time when the revelation of God was rarely heard or seen. One night Eli was sound asleep (his eyesight was very bad—he could hardly see). It was well before dawn; the sanctuary lamp was still burning. Samuel was still in bed in the Temple of God, where the Chest of God rested.
Then God called out, “Samuel, Samuel!”
Samuel answered, “Yes? I’m here.” Then he ran to Eli saying, “I heard you call. Here I am.”
Eli said, “I didn’t call you. Go back to bed.” And so he did.
God called again, “Samuel, Samuel!”
Samuel got up and went to Eli, “I heard you call. Here I am.”
Again Eli said, “Son, I didn’t call you. Go back to bed.” (This all happened before Samuel knew God for himself. It was before the revelation of God had been given to him personally.)
God called again, “Samuel!”—the third time! Yet again Samuel got up and went to Eli, “Yes? I heard you call me. Here I am.”
That’s when it dawned on Eli that God was calling the boy. So Eli directed Samuel, “Go back and lie down. If the voice calls again, say, ‘Speak, God. I’m your servant, ready to listen.’” Samuel returned to his bed.
Then God came and stood before him exactly as before, calling out, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Samuel answered, “Speak. I’m your servant, ready to listen.”
I often wished I could have an experience with God like Moses did - God speaking to Moses from a burning bush. Isaac who heard God make him promises because he was the offspring of Abraham. Joshua who received the Lords instruction on what to do around the walls of Jericho. The list could go on and on of men and women in the Bible who audibly heard the voice of God.
The young boy Samuel heard the voice of God in todays scripture, but he didn't recognize it. He thought it was Eli who had been calling him and kept running to him saying, "here I am". Eli finally recognized that it was the Lord who was calling him and instructed Samuel that the next time he heard the voice he was to say, "Speak. I am your servant, ready to listen."
Are you ready to listen to Jesus today? Maybe he doesn't audibly speak to you (or maybe he does), but over time I have stopped desiring the audible words of Jesus and just began to listen to that still small voice.
We have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit to direct us, guide us, comfort us, and communicate with us. "But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you." (John 14:26).
The Holy Spirit speaks to us each day, but are we listening? We live in a day and age that is so busy and hectic. We are an entertained society. . . Today, get alone with God - sit on the porch, take a walk, gaze at the sky and just listen. Say - "Speak Lord. I am your servant and I'm ready to listen." When you do - you can bet that he'll be talking to you.