Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 3:5-10
During your time of scripture reading and meditation, listen to hear God speak to you. The Lenten season is a prime time to hear God's voice since you are immersing yourself in His word and meditating.
Take lessons from little Samuel after Hannah dedicated him to the temple. It is interesting that Samuel's first divine assignment was to learn to hear God's voice. When God first spoke to Samuel, the boy didn't yet know His voice, but he learned to hear it. Since the young boy had never heard God's voice before, he thought it was Eli the priest calling him. Eli told Samuel three times that he hadn't called him. Then he instructed Samuel to respond by saying, "Speak, Lord, for your servant hears." (1 Samuel 3:3-5).
God desires that we enjoy a close relationship with Him. But we can't do it until we learn to hear His voice. There are numerous ways God speaks to us on a regular basis. And we can hear God's voice when we learn how He speaks directly to us.
A close study of Samuel's first hearing from God clearly shows us four prerequisites to hearing God's voice.
Samuel was quiet. He was lying down. He was not running all over the place trying to make things happen. Some people try too hard when God wants them to be still and hear from Him. (Psalm 46:10)
Samuel had an open heart. Many times God speaks, but our heart is too hard and too closed to hear. God wants us to hear Him with our heart more frequently than with our ears.
Samuel was in the house of God surrounded by the things of God. Samuel had the covering of the priest of Shiloh to advise him. Even as a young boy, Samuel was working in the temple where the presence of God was. If you want to hear God's voice, surround yourself with people of God and the things of God. Also, begin working for God.
Samuel acted immediately. He did not hesitate but went to Eli who set the record straight and gave him advice. Then Samuel responded as he was advised. God's voice continued to lead Samuel throughout the rest of his life as a prophet and judge.
God wants to talk to you like he talked to Samuel. But He doesn't want you to turn a deaf ear. Like Samuel, be ready to say, "Speak, Lord, for your servant hears" when God calls you to action during this Lenten season.
Meditate on this devotion throughout Day 3 of the Lenten season. Make sure you read Day 4 of the Lenten season.