Listen to God

“The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:10 NIV).


In 1 Samuel chapter three God calls to young Samuel during the night. Samuel had never heard God’s voice, so he thought it was Eli, the priest, who needed him. Eli realized God was calling to Samuel and told him the next time it happened to say, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” What wonderful advice Eli gave Samuel.
The principles from this account also apply to us: 1) Anticipate that God will speak to us. 2) Ask God to speak, instead of speaking to him. 3) Come to God as a servant, indicating our willingness to do whatever He directs. 4) Concentrate on listening to what God says. 5) Recognize that God talks to us at various times during the day or night. 6) Pay attention to the advice of an older Christian. 7) If you missed God’s voice before, don’t give up on Him talking to you. 8) Share God’s guidance with others, as opportunity arises.
Opportunities arise at times for us to direct others to seek God’s guidance and listen for God’s answe r. A grandchild may discuss possible college choices with us. A daughter may ask for advice for dealing with a troubling situation in her marriage. A friend may be considering buying a different car. A neighbor may be having problems with a child. We share God’s guidance for our own life in our conversation with others.
If we influence our young grandchildren to listen to God, as Eli did Samuel, they then have their whole life ahead of them to serve Him. We can leave a marvelous legacy behind us as we encourage our children, grandchildren, friends and others to listen for God to speak.
God is available and wants to guide us in every area of our life, if we will listen.


Thank you Lord for speaking to me. Help me to use Your wisdom to help others.

By Helen, Lindale, TX