Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Your Servant Is Listening

Samuel Mistakes God's Call: The Charm of Home
Samuel Mistakes God's Call by N. C. Wyeth

The Lord Calls Samuel

The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.

One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place.  The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel.

Samuel answered, "Here I am. " And he ran to Eli and Said, "Here I am; you called me." 

But Eli said, "I did not call; go back and lie down." So he went and lay down.

Again the Lord called, "Samuel!" And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, "Here I am; you called me." 

"My son," Eli said,"I did not call; go back and lie down."

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

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. 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.

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 about 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 blasphemed God, 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.'"

Samuel lay down until morning and then opened the doors of the house of the Lord. He was afraid to tell Eli the vision, but Eli called him and said, "Samuel, my son."

Samuel answered, "Here I am."

"What was it he said to you?" Eli asked. "Do not hide it from me. May God deal with you, be it ever so severely, if you hide from me anything he told you." So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, "He is the Lord; let him do what is good in his eyes."

The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel's words fall to the ground. And all of 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.
                                                                            1 Samuel 3:1-21

The Lord is speaking to you through his word. Do you respond...."Speak, for your servant is listening."

What do you do when the Lord calls you?

All glory and honor to my Lord Jesus Christ,

I will be linking up with these parties:
Mommy Moments at Life of Faith- Sun evening
The Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims
Moments of Hope at Lori Schumaker
Monday's Musings at What Joy is Mine
Tuesday Talk with Sarah E. Frazer
Coffee and Conversation at Pat and Candy.com- Tues eve
Tell Us His Story at Jennifer Dukes Lee- Tues eve
Grace Moments at Journeys in Grace
Thought Provoking Thursdays at 3-D Lessons for Life
Grace and Truth at Above the Waves
Fresh Market Friday Crystal Twaddell
Faith and Friends at Counting My Blessings


robyn said...

I am trying to submit myself to the Lord and hear Him speak to me daily. Seems I catch myself doing all the talking and not much listening. His truth has changed my life. I will continue to seek more of Him. Thank you for your post. It's refreshing to see others who are not ashamed to admit they love God.

Karen Woodall said...

It's easy to make the focus of prayer ourselves and our needs. While He invites us to bring those things to Him, we need to realize that He should always be the focus of our attention. We would do well to respond more often like little Samuel. thanks.

Anonymous said...

Listening...hearing...being quiet and knowing that He is God...yes, I do listen...at times. When I do not, I know I miss so very much. I am learning and I am only 69!! Thanks for His Truth.

Rattlebridge Farm said...

I needed to read this today. I have been doing more talking than listening. Thank you so much for featuring my post. Love this party dearly!

Kreativna radionica Monika said...

Listening, hearing, being here now, being quite and gratefull for your life. Thanks God for the present of every day.