Ever heard the voice of God? Samuel did. Well, he thought at first he was hearing Eli call him, but it turned out to be the voice of God:
4 Then the LORD called Samuel.
Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.
6 Again the LORD called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
“My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”
7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD : The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.
8 The LORD called Samuel a third time, 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.
How amazing would it be to actually hear God’s voice audibly – to where you get out of bed and go to someone else in the house who you thought was calling you?! This is a good reminder for me to listen for His voice. Although I can’t say I’ve ever actually heard his voice audibly, I do know when He has actually spoken to me in my heart. I wonder how many times I’ve “thought” things and dismissed them when it was actually God speaking to me. Plenty, I’m sure.
The other reminder in this chapter is to be honest with each other. Eli asked that Samuel to tell him exactly what God said, even though it was not pleasant to hear. But that’s a story for another day…
Have a great day.