Take a moment to open this time in prayer. Ask God to bless you as you read and reflect on the text.
Read 1 Samuel 3: 1 – 18
In this passage God calls out to Samuel by name. However, neither Samuel nor even the old priest Eli recognizes that it is God calling out to Samuel. The passage also tells us that the word of the Lord was rare in those days. Certainly at this time in the world it may seem that the word of the Lord is rare. In the same way it is possible that we are not hearing God calling out and trying to speak to us. Even though we may not hear it or perceive it we can be assured that God is working even in these uncertain times.
Please use the following questions for more reflection.
In the first verse of Chapter three the Bible tells us that the word of the Lord was rare and there were not many visions in those days. Does this verse mean that at other times the word of the Lord is not rare and that people see visions often? In your opinion is the word of the Lord rare in these days?
In the passage Samuel hears the voice of God speaking to him. Have you ever felt that God spoke directly to you? Have you ever felt that God spoke indirectly to you? If God does not speak to us as much in these times is that a result of God not speaking or us not taking the time to listen?
Samuel was given a very direct message from God but he did not want to tell Eli about the message. Have you ever been told something that you did not want to hear? Was the message from God or someone else? How did you react to the message? Do you wish you would have reacted differently?
Closing - Use the prayer below to end the devotion or close in prayer in your own words.
Gracious Heavenly Father, during these uncertain times we want to hear your voice. Lord, we want to hear you telling us that everything is going to be ok and that you are in control. Lord, I ask that you help enable our “God hearing,” Help us to hear you speak to us in these times and give us the courage to do whatever you tell us to do. Amen.