And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for you did call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.
One of the lessons I learnt in this scripture is that, listening and knowing the voice of God is very vital in our relationship with God. In as much as God doesn't always use the sound of a human voice to talk to us, He always speaks clearly to us through His word. The story here is the boy Samuel had spend his entire childhood years in church; in service to God but didn't know Him. In doing so very diligently and obediently he neglected one very vital aspect, that was his personal relationship with God. He knew of God however didn't know Him personally and intimately.
This applies to a lot of us Christians today! Most of us know of God however do not know Him. We tend to equate our level of service, commitement and busyness in the house of God to our relationship with Him. Being busy in God's house doesn't automatically put us in relationship with Him. Our relationship with Him is personal and is got nothing to do with our service nor how involved we are in His work.
God created us human beings to enjoy intimate relationships with Him and with one another. When Jesus Christ is the Lord of our relationships, we will experience the meaningful intimacy that is part of God's original plan. In book of Galatians 6:2 says, "Share each other's burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ."
From today's scrpture, I want to enourage us all not to let our desire to do God's work cause us to neglect the most vital need in our walk with HIm - Personal and intimate relationship in knowing and hearing from Him when we calls us into action.
Listening to God – Preparing your heart to hear Him!
Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen,.." James 1:19
If you stop listening to instruction, my child, you will turn your back on knowledge.--Proverbs 19:27
Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown." When he said this, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."--Luke 8:8
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.--Revelation 2:7
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