Focal Passage: 1 Samuel 3:1-10; 17-21
The story goes about a young man taking a Native American friend on a tour of New York City. As they were going through Times Square, suddenly the Native American stopped, turned his head, and pointed out a solitary bird in a tree.
His friend asked how he had heard it over all the noise.
The Native American took a handful of coins out of his pocket, tossed them on the sidewalk, and they noticed many people who turned their heads to see the coins. The Native American said, “It depends on what you are listening for.”
Does God still speak to His people today? I have been asked that question over and over through the years. Recently a friend asked me if God has ever spoken to me.
I had to answer him that God has never spoken audibly to me, but He often speaks to me through His Word, His followers and His directing of circumstances.
The question really should be, “Are we listening for His voice?”
God speaks to those who have prepared their ears to hear.
We too often are focused upon our own thoughts and miss the Voice of God. He primarily speaks to us today through the Bible.
And, He wants us to take this message to those around us.
We often find that the message that He speaks is hard to share with others because the words of truth are hard to swallow. However, that does not release us from the responsibility to deliver the truth.
Because Samuel in our lesson today was faithful to deliver the message that God had given him, hard as it was, he was later recognized as God’s prophet.
When God teaches us a lesson from His Word, we should take that lesson and share with those around us.
And as we are faithful in sharing, God will be faithful to His Word. It is not always easy, but it is always right.
Be as faithful as Samuel and see what God will do.