I LOVE this story in 1 Samuel. Scripture says “In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions”(v. 1) [I think this also means audibly hearing from Him.] So, I believe that’s what makes His speaking to Samuel all the more powerful. In this chapter, the Lord called “Samuel!” – Side note: imagine with me for a second, being a young kid or even now, hearing your name audibly called by the LORD! So incredible! – well, Samuel assumes it is Eli, the high priest that he is serving under, that is calling him. But Eli sends Samuel back to his bed after he goes to him in response. The Lord calls Samuel again and he goes back to Eli. After three times, Eli realizes that the Lord is the one calling to him, so he tells Samuel to reply with today’s verse…
“Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:9 Isn’t this just the most beautiful, respectful and welcoming response and posture to have. We may not audibly hear him calling our name, but I absolutely believe that He still speaks to us! In SO many different ways, for instance, have you ever felt a pressing on your heart or perhaps had a thought come through your mind that you feel like wasn’t your own? What would it look like if when we feel that press on our hearts, we actually press into it… really press in, we put our hands out and up in front of us as if to receive something and say, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.” The Lord went on and called on Samuel a fourth time and this time Samuel answered as he was told, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”(v.10) And He gave Samuel a vision of what was to come. If we spend our time with the Lord in expectation that He will speak to us, in a way that is open to listening and receiving His response, I feel He will! This also makes me think/wonder, if in the busyness of life, are we missing hearing Him calling for us? Do we miss what He may have for us when we aren’t spending time in His word, or being there but not actively listening for Him?
Is there something that you feel has been pressing on your heart? Maybe something you just can’t stop thinking about? Put it in writing and then PRESS IN, by asking the Lord, “What are you trying to tell me in this?” (with your hands in the receiving posture, do it, don’t be embarrassed) Then sit with it and wait. As you “wait” write out what thoughts go through your mind or you feel in your heart.
And/Or has there been a time in the past when you’ve pressed into something and really felt led by God? Journal about what that experience was like for you.
Lord, thank you for this scripture, for this entire story, oh how we love it. Please forgive us if we miss you calling because we’re distracted by all the things going on around us. I lift up those reading this today, that whatever is on their hearts, that you speak to them and give us all ears to listen. I pray you “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening” for whatever you need us to hear. We want to hear from you. We want to be led by your Spirit in all things, always. I pray you guide us today, that our hearts will be open to feeling your nudges and that our response can be one of receiving what you have for us, by listening! In your ever present name we pray, AMEN!