1 Samuel 3:1-10
Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 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. Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” and 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. The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
Food For Thought:
The line that stands out to me in this passage of Scripture is “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” All too often, I think that we speak instead of listening to what God has in store for us. For big talkers like myself, it is hard to discern what God is calling me to do with the incessant chatter. So it’s important to stop, slow down and listen. Throughout my ministry, I have heard people say that God doesn’t really talk to them. And my response is, “Do you ever listen?” We live in a world with so many distractions, it is hard to pay attention to the task at hand, even when that may be our spiritual lives. Today, I want to encourage you to take 10 minutes out of your day to attentively listen to God. Put away those cell phones, turn off the TV, step away from the Internet, and listen. You might be surprised what you hear when you really listen.
O God, you spoke your word and revealed your good news in Jesus, the Christ. Fill all creation with that word again, so that by proclaiming your joyful promises to all nations and singing of your glorious hope to all peoples, we may become one living body, your incarnate presence on the earth. In your sacred name we pray, Amen.