I Samuel 3:3 (NKJV) And before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle[a] of the LORD where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down, 4 that the LORD called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!” 5 So he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.”And he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” And he went and lay down. 6 Then the LORD called yet again, “Samuel!”So Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” He answered, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” 7 (Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, nor was the word of the LORD yet revealed to him.) 8 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you did call me.” Then Eli perceived that the LORD had called the boy. 9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, LORD, for Your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 Now the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”
After being trained in how to know when God was speakling; Samuel heard God’s voice clearly, so clear that “the Lord” let none of his words fall to the ground” (1 Samuel 3:19). “For the Lord revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord. And the word of Samuel came to all Israel” (1 Samuel 3:21-4:1). David heard God speak and he, in turn, spoke with God! God’s voice was his joy and life. David said, “God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice” (Psalm 60:6).
Many today do not believe that God still talks to humankind. They say the Lord speaks only through His Word, that all God ever wants or needs to say is locked up in the canon of the Scriptures. Certainly God will never speak a word contrary to Scripture, but “God” hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son” (Hebrews 1:1-2). And His Son is still talking to Humankind today in the 21st century! God said His sheep know His voice and that another’s voice they will not heed (John 10:27). We know God spoke to mankind in the Old Testament. But what of the New Testament? What of the days we live in now?
God spoke to Saul (Paul) on the road to Damascus: “Suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: and he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” (Acts 9:3-4). For the rest of his life, Paul testified, “I heard His voice.” Before King Agrippa he said, “I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, “ Rise” for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose” (Acts 26:14 and 16).
Peter heard and obeyed the voice of God. In prayer, he heard God speak: “And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat. But I said, Not so, Lord, But the voice answered me again from heaven; And this was done three times” (Acts 11:7-10).
Jesus calls the last Laodicean church to hear His voice and open up: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). All I am saying today family is that God is still speaking to us today and we can’t put God in a box and decide how God speaks to us, it’s the Lord choice how and when we are spoken to, we have to be developed and trained to know the Lord’s voice!
Point to ponder- Do you recognize when the Lord is speaking to you? And what do you do when the Lord speaks to you? Are you learning how to know the voice of the Lord for your life? We cannot limit how or the ways in which the Lord will speak to us!
In His Service,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.