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Senior Minister Ricky A. Woods
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1 Samuel 3:1-10
The story of Samuel’s call to ministry reveals how age nor experience are factors in who God can use. However, the story does reveal that because of Samuel’s age and inexperience, there were some things he missed.
Samuel could sense someone calling him, but he did not possess the discernment to know it was God calling him. Each time Samuel heard his name called he went to Eli because he believed it had to be Eli calling him. No one else was at the temple with them. Samuel could hear but he did not know what he was hearing. Samuel needed someone to guide him, to help him be able to respond to God the next time he heard God’s voice.
Although Eli no longer heard from God, he knew enough to know when God was speaking. So he told Samuel what to do the next time he heard the voice calling his name. Eli told Samuel to simply say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” Eli told Samuel not to just settle for hearing the voice of God but to be prepared to act when God spoke.
When God speaks it is often a call to action on our part. There is something that God wants us to do for his glory and the good of creation.
A new year provides an opportunity for a fresh start and the ability to do some things different this year. This may be our time to listen to God instead of telling God what we want. As opposed to asking God to bless us and our efforts, this may be the time to listen and hear what God wants from us.
The tempter would have us believe that there is nothing that God wants from us and there is nothing we can do for God. The continued call of God in our lives dispels that myth and tells us of the potential that lies within us to do the master’s bidding--if we pause to listen.
Let’s join in with Samuel in a newfound commitment to listen to the voice of God. Then may our listening lead to action that makes the world know that God is working, because he is working through us.