Thursday, May 15, 2003

Edifier du Jour-1 Samuel 3:1-11(NASB)
1: Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD before Eli. And word from the LORD was rare in those days, visions were infrequent. 2: It happened at that time as Eli was lying down in his place (now his eyesight had begun to grow dim and he could not see well), 3: and the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD where the ark of God was, 4: that the LORD called Samuel; and he said, "Here I am." 5: Then he ran to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But he said, "I did not call, lie down again." So he went and lay down. 6: The LORD called yet again, "Samuel!" So Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But he answered, "I did not call, my son, lie down again." 7: Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, nor had the word of the LORD yet been revealed to him. 8: So the LORD called Samuel again for the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." Then Eli discerned that the LORD was calling the boy. 9: And Eli said to Samuel, "Go lie down, and it shall be if He calls you, that you shall say, 'Speak, LORD, for Your servant is listening.'" So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10: Then the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" And Samuel said, "Speak, for Your servant is listening." 11: The LORD said to Samuel, "Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle.
As I did back last June, I'm thinking about the old RCA logo, "His Master's Voice." To be sure, Samuel isn't a mere sheep; he's destined to be the last judge of Israel before the start of the kingdom and is learning how to hear from God. Eli teaches Samuel a key lesson: in order to hear God, you have to listen. That sounds a bit like the old Yogi Berraism, "You can observe a lot just by watching." However, listening to our Master's voice isn't a thing you do with your ears, but with your spirit. It requires waiting for God to speak and being able to operate in a spiritual dimension. It requires the ability to discern what God is saying and what your mind is saying; too often, we'll try to put words in God's mouth. It requires calming down our brain so that we can not be so busy with everything else that we forget to listen to Him. Once we do be still and begin to know God, we can start to better understand Him. As His ambassadors, we need to be on the lookout from cables from Whom we represent.

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