God does speak to us,but when He speaks,are you listening? Where sin is prevalent the word of the Lord is scarce and visions are uncommon, but God will always raise up someone to speak whenever it is necessary to let His people know that God is not pleased with sin. “FOR THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH” {Romans 6:23}. When Eli’s sons defiled the house of God, Eli should have thrown them out like Jesus threw out those who were selling in the temple of God but instead Eli tolerated the behavior of his sons. The beauty about Eli, despite his failure to discipline his sons when they continually defiled God’s house, is that he led Samuel, as a child, on the right path to hearing, acknowledging and being obedient to the voice of God.

The text in 1 Samuel 3:4-10 shows that when God calls us or speaks to us no one else hears. Just like Saul, who later became Paul with his encounter with Jesus on the Damascus Road; Saul heard the voice of the Lord but no one else did. Samuel heard God’s voice but Eli did not. Even though Eli’s days were numbered, he still led Samuel on the right path without any bitterness or anger.

This encounter with Samuel shows us that God speaks to the righteous, because He knows their heart and intent. The Apostle Paul was righteous, he was just misguided until Jesus revealed the truth to him; and the truth set him free. Paul knew the voice that he heard was not like any other, so it had to be God. Samuel on the other hand was a child in training so he had to be told that the voice he heard was the Lord’s. Thank God he was with a godly man who was able to steer him in the right direction. This also shows that even though people sin and fall short of God’s glory, God can still use them to lead you in the right direction, just like he did with Eli.

Most people today don’t recognize the voice of God because they don’t have a relationship with Him. Then when God sends a person to speak to them they find some fault or excuse as to why it’s not God. Sometimes those who are overly proud of their education or success will question the validity and the source of the message they receive. Yet, by doing this, in their own understanding, they limit God’s capability and power by failing to realize that God can use anyone or anything to get His point across. In the Bible we see that He used a donkey and the elements. However, for a person hearing from God, if someone says something contrary to what God has said then that is when you may want to check the validity and the source of that message.

The best part of this testimony is that Samuel was obedient to God’s voice. When he realized who it was, he said, “Speak Lord for thy servant heareth.” How many of us are listening to the voice of God and not the voice of the Pastor, Bishop or the Preacher. When you know God, you know His voice. As Jesus said, my sheep hear my voice and follow me (not others).

When God calls, He calls more than once and if who He calls is attentive He will reveal Himself and His will to them.

Has the Lord called you? Have you answered Him?

All glory, honor, praise and thanks go to God for using me to deliver this message. I pray that He will give all who read this message the spiritual gifts necessary to comprehend and act upon His word. I exercise my power and authority in the name of Jesus to bind every tactic of the enemy that will try to stop, hinder, or prevent this word from reaching its intended people. I ask the Lord to loose the Holy Spirit and the Heavenly angels to secure this word so that it reaches its intended people, according to Matthew 16:19 and Luke 10:19 in the omnipotent name of Jesus, Amen.


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