Welcome! For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been sharing posts which were written for a series on The Story, and first posted on the Gloria Dei blog.
Today is the fifth of the six posts, written about young Samuel and the first time the Lord called him. Samuel had unquestioning faith that God was indeed calling him.
Do we have that kind of faith to know when God is trying to get our attention?
To read the first four posts:
The Faith of a Child
(First posted at Gloria Dei on November 20, 2012)
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. 1 Samuel 3:8b-9
Did you catch that?
Samuel went back to bed. He didn’t question Eli on why God would be talking to him—a child. Perhaps that is why I’ve always liked the story of young Samuel. It’s not long, but as I read it, I see his innocence, his obedience, and his unquestioning acceptance that God may indeed be trying to get his attention.
Three times God calls Samuel and each time Samuel runs to Eli, thinking it was Eli who called him. After the third time, Eli catches on to what is happening—God is calling out to the boy.
At that time, God wasn’t often speaking through visions or in messages through prophets and priests. So, while Samuel was assisting Eli and serving the Lord, he had not actually heard from the Lord. I wonder if Eli, as Israel’s chief priest, had ever heard directly from God.
But Samuel had found favor with the Lord, and it is Samuel God chooses to speak to. So, although Samuel didn’t yet know the sound of God’s voice, God begins to get Samuel’s attention.
And Samuel never questioned that it was really God speaking to Him.
Is God trying to get your attention?
Maybe He’s led you to a specific Bible verse or maybe your conscience is nagging at you.
God will sometimes lead me to the same message in different ways…through Scripture, through something a friend says, through a devotion’s perfect timing in my e-mail inbox. And when they all happen in a short period of time, I know God is trying to get my attention and I’d better get focused.
Are you open to hearing from Him?
As a society, we often attribute things to coincidence, but Jesus said…
“I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Mark 10:15 NIV
What if we opened our hearts to have the faith of a child…innocent and unassuming, believing that God does look to get our attention?
How He does that may be different for you than for me. But until we get to know Him through His Word and by spending time with Him, how will we know when He’s speaking to us?