1Samuel 3:4-10 “Then the Lord called 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. And the Lord called again, ‘Samuel!’ and Samuel arose 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. And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose 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 hears.’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place. And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ and Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant hears.’
Samuel was confused. He heard a voice and thought it was his mentor, Eli, calling him. He kept going to Eli’s room until Eli realised that the voice was God trying to get Samuel’s attention. Listening to God is an important life skill, and God is not silent. We live in a noisy culture that often speaks in ways that are contrary to God’s voice. It can be difficult to hear God if we are more in tune with the voice of this world.
As we listen for God, we will be more in tune with His leading in our lives. Eli mentored Samuel by teaching him how to respond to God’s voice: “Speak, Lord, for thy servant is listening”- in other words, “I am ready to hear what you have to say, and I am ready to obey.”
God speaks to us in many ways. Lord, help us to respond to your call upon our lives. In Jesus name, Amen.