Today’s scripture selection: First Samuel 1-5
Key verse: First Samuel 3:10
Samuel was only a boy. But God had plans for him. One night he heard the Lord say:
“See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle.”
Samuel had been instructed by his mentor Eli to listen to what God had to say, and so he did. Ironically, what came next was a word of judgment against what Eli had been up to himself.
But for me, the interesting part of the story is what Samuel had to do to hear a word from the Lord – he had to listen.
Now that may seem obvious. But think about it – how often have you found yourself in a conversation with someone – when you suddenly realize you haven’t heard the last few things they had to say? Why? Because you were so busy thinking about what you were going to say next that you couldn’t process what they were telling you.
Pastors and marriage counselors are very familiar with this all too common tendency. They frequently counsel their clients to really listen to what their partners are saying instead of just talking over them.
So it is with our conversations with God.
If you want to receive counsel from above, sometimes the best thing you can do is just be quiet. I believe God is always willing to give us the counsel we so desperately need. It’s just that often, because of anxiety or confusion or arrogance or, who knows what, we just don’t listen for it.
So, as I often say to the little ones in my church, let’s all “put on our listening ears.”
God has something important to say to us.
Prayer: Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening. AMEN.