Here I Am
1 Samuel 3
8 A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
Samuel and Eli are inside the temple within the presence of the ark. As Eli is close by, Samuel receives promptings from the Lord.. but having no idea who called him, Samuel mistakingly thinks that it was Eli seeking his attention. It happens again and Eli responds once more that it wasn’t him as Samuel in his young age has yet to recognize God’s voice. When it happens the third time, Eli realizes it was in fact the Lord calling Samuel as he advices him to go before God, and say “Speak Lord, for your servant hears.” (v9).
How often it is that the Lord will give us our own promptings, but yet we fail to recognize His voice for various reasons. At times I will hear and feel the Lord tug on my heart but easily dismiss His call with my own excuses. My convenience, comfort, and selfishness are the biggest factors that stifle what God truly wants to do in my life. I need to learn from the posture and position of Samuel who constantly makes himself available and willing. Imagine how drastically our lives would change if we were to take a momentary step out, sit before God, and take His commands to heart to the point of action and obedience. These encounters are life changing, and can completely change the course of of our walk of faith. The Lord is reminding me to take constant time outs, and be willing to break away from my schedule / agenda so that I can exchange my plans for His promises which are greater.
Forgive me Father, for being so glued to my own ways and drowning out your voice with all the other things that I think are more important. Help me dig even more into Your Word and spend time in relationship to You so that Your voice is all the more recognizable and that I can walk in faith and not by sight.