MUSINGSMay 28 2018


1 Samuel 3:1-11
The boy Samuel was serving the LORD under Eli. In those days a prophecy from the LORD was rare; visions were infrequent. One night Eli was lying down in his room. His eyesight had begun to fail so that he couldn’t see well. The lamp in God’s temple hadn’t gone out yet, and Samuel was asleep in the temple of the LORD where the ark of God was kept. Then the LORD called Samuel. “Here I am,” Samuel responded. He ran to Eli and said, “Here I am. You called me.” “I didn’t call you,” Eli replied. “Go back to bed.” So Samuel went back and lay down. The LORD called Samuel again. Samuel got up, went to Eli, and said, “Here I am. You called me.” “I didn’t call you, son,” he responded. “Go back to bed.” Samuel had no experience with the LORD, because the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. The LORD called Samuel a third time. Samuel got up, went to Eli, and said, “Here I am. You called me.” Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy. “Go, lie down,” Eli told Samuel. “When he calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD. I’m listening.'” So Samuel went and lay down in his room. The LORD came and stood there. He called as he had called the other times: “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak. I’m listening.”

I generally wake around five in the morning. Yes I know, I’m one of those disgusting morning persons’ who wake in the morning like someone turned on a switch. Click. I’m awake.

I love the mornings, the quietest part of the day. This is when I study my Bible and write these Musings. This is when “I’m here” However, sometimes I fail to take time to say, “Speak. I’m listening.” And then take the time to sit quietly and listen for what the LORD has to say.

I know that the world makes fun of those who claim that God speaks to them. But if you invite Him to speak, shut up and listen. Sometimes, just sometimes, if you wait quietly, expectantly, thoughts that aren’t your thoughts will come to you.

Do you take time to listen?

All content (except quotations) © 2018 Thomas E. Williams


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