Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Teach Us To Listen
Year 4-Day 68: Today...I am grateful for for those who teach us to listen when God speaks.
“Speak, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10 (NIV)
This is another scripture that jumped out to me in childhood. Perhaps, because Samuel is a child at the time of this event. He is in the house of God and there to learn and serve Eli, and God calls his name. Not the "still small voice" we hear in our hearts...but he actually called his name. Scary or exciting? Maybe, both.
Samuel was sleeping in the temple where the Ark of the Covenant of God was kept. For many, God's house was a place to go out of tradition or duty. For Samuel, his mother, Hannah, promised God that if he gifted her with a child, would give that child back to the Lord. She kept her word with a grateful heart...and I am sure some tears. I have struggled to understand the courage it took to fulfill that promise, but she did.
You don't break packs you make with God. The house of God became Samuel's home and Eli became his teacher and mentor. He taught him to respond when God call.
1 Samuel 3:9-10 :
Hannah kept her promise.
Eli taught him the Word of God ...and to listen.
Samuel listened and responded to God's call.
The message God gave Samuel was not easy. It was regarding Eli's own house and his rebellious children. It was not good news. Still, he asked that Samuel deliver the message as God had given...even if he wasn't going to like it.
There was some tough stuff to swallow, but Eli listened and accepted. His faith did not falter because of his disappointments. He embraced what God put before him and letting go of the things he could not control. Tough stuff.
Here is what the Lord said to Samuel:
1 Samuel 3:11-14-
No one likes to deliver bad news. For Samuel, this was his first encounter with God speaking to him in a human voice. Why couldn't it have been good news? Samuel listened and did not shake off the truth he was given.
Once again...God uses a child. Then that child grows up and chooses a child to be the next king of Israel (David). And that child grows up and from his offspring God will send our Messiah as a baby.
Yes...Eli is a part of the story of Samuel...who is part of the story of David...that leads us to the birth of Jesus. There is a bigger picture we cannot see. God says, "Trust in me."
"Speak Lord. Your servant is listening".
Today...I am grateful for for those who teach us to listen when God speaks.