LGD 026: Your Servant is Listening

Two people in a field having a conversation at sunset

In this trying time, we can lose sight of our role to play in the broader plan. One of my favorite books of the Bible is 1 Samuel.

Two people in a field having a conversation at sunset

1 Samuel brings us front and center with one of Israel’s greatest prophets – Samuel.

During his formative years, Samuel was serving alongside Eli, who was aging. His time was coming to a close, and 1 Samuel 3 shows us the calling of God upon Samuel’s life even at a young age.

Let’s set the scene. It’s evening and Samuel is just laying his head down for a good night sleep when he hears his name.

He gets up and goes to Eli to ask him what he needs. Eli tells him that he did not call him and sends him back to bed.

This happens another couple of times and then Eli realizes it is the Lord that is calling him.

Eli tells Samuel the next time he hears the voice, say, “your servant is listening.” It wasn’t long after Samuel went back to bed when…

‘And the Lord came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.”’

1 Samuel 3:10

The Lord revealed to Samuel what was going to happen to Eli’s family during this visit, and Samuel was called into ministry at this time.

Many times, we feel a prompting from God, but we do not act. What I love about 1 Samuel 3 is the relationship nature of God and Samuel. The Lord called to him several times.

If we are not careful, we will lose our ability to “hear” from the Lord. The Lord speaks to us in different ways. For some, he speaks through music, and for others it could be an impressing upon their soul.

When the Lord speaks to us we have a choice. We can either dismiss what he is asking or we can act upon his request. He comes to us because He wants to use us, but some times our lives are too busy to hear what He is asking.

Today, I encourage you to take a few minutes and say to the Lord, speak your servant is listening, and listen for His reply.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the example of Samuel and his faithfulness for serving you and the people of Israel. I ask that you take away the noise in my life so I can hear you clearly. Speak to me in new ways, and I ask you to help me reply – “speak your servant is listening”. Take away my fear and anxiety, and replace it with peace and comfort. Give us rest today as we begin a new week. Amen!

I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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