1 Samuel 3:10b Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
Samuel was a little child when he went to live in the temple. God called him from an early age and when God called – Samuel was listening. He went on to become one of the greatest men of God in history – because he was willing to really listen. What does it really mean to hear God? Samuel experienced God’s voice as an audible tone but this is rare in the history of God’s dealings with people. In my own experience, hearing God is learning to recognize a prompting within my deepest person that leads me to say or do something. I’ve come to recognize this prompting as the leading of my master. The more I read His word the more I recognize this prompting because God’s leading will never, ever, ever contradict the Bible or it’s principles. Once I realize this and see how this specific prompting matches the tone and direction of the Bible, I begin to see that it is God’s voice. Then I recognize the sensation just like I recognize the smell of an orange or the sound a bird’s song, but when I was a child, I might have said “What’s that smell” or “what’s that sound?”It’s part of discipleship but we must be willing to listen…Jesus said “My sheep know me, they hear my voice and they follow me.” Begin to listen today and learn the voice of the Shepard.