Hearing God

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Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”

And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”     1 Samuel 3:10 (NKJV

If we want to deepen our intimacy with God, our time of fellowship with Him should be considered. God speaks to us throughout the day and not just during our morning devotions! Because we are so easily caught up with routines and the cares of each day, we forget to practice a continual upward focus. We miss many opportunities to converse with God. What is it to ABIDE in Christ? Is it not a constant awareness of His presence?

A soldier trains for battle and makes an effort to recognize His commander’s voice, especially during the most chaotic times of battle. He waits for instruction and direction since his life depends upon it. Training our ears to recognize God’s voice in every moment and circumstance requires a deliberate and conscious effort. An attitude of, “Speak Lord, I am listening” should be our aim. It takes practice and discipline.

It took three calls from God before Samuel acknowledged His presence. How many times has God called out to us only to find a deaf ear? And today, how many times will He speak before we recognize His voice? Then, once we finally hear His voice…. will we set aside our personal agendas and fellowship with Him? The choice is always up to us. I pray you decide to sit at His feet and fellowship with the Father of all mercies.

Father God,

I lift up this reader and ask that You sharpen their desire to fellowship with You today. May he/she purpose in his/her heart to set aside time to patiently wait for You to speak. Refine their ability to recognize Your voice. Grant them understanding when You do speak and an obedient heart to accept Your wisdom, encouragement, and leading. Amen.

“What hinders me from hearing is that I am taken up with other things. It is not that I will not hear God, but I am not devoted in the right place. I am devoted to things, to service, to convictions, and God may say what He likes but I do not hear Him.”  ~ Oswald Chambers