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Annually on August 6
The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening." (1 Samuel 3:10)
Have you heard God's voice lately? He's always speaking to us in one way or the other. The problem is that we are not receptive many a times.
Think of switching on the radio and selecting shortwave band. There are 100's of stations broadcasting and sometimes we have to really strain to listen to what we want. But when we really want to listen, we would do all sorts of things like putting the antenna in different positions, standing near the window with the transistor and so on and so forth. God's voice gets crowded out with all the other voices that we are eagerly receiving into us. Not that his voice is feeble or not clear; the broadcast is perfect, but the reception and the receptiveness is poor.
In the book of Revelation we read the phrase "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches" written 7 times. It's not that only few people in these churches had ears; God here is speaking of receptiveness to his message.
The Psalmist sings,
Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel was among those who called on his name; they called on the LORD and he answered them. He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud; they kept his statutes and the decrees he gave them. (Psalm 99:6, 7)
If we have the attitude that Samuel the prophet had, we surely will hear God's voice every day. In 1 Samuel Ch. 3 we read of Samuel telling the Lord, "......Speak, for your servant is listening." (1 Samuel 3:10)
Can we tell that to our Savior everyday? If we can, then he will speak to us and we can have great fellowship with him. Try it, if you have not yet done it; it's a very fulfilling experience.
Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian