Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Can You Hear Him?

Recently, I began reading in the book of 1 Samuel in the Old Testament. This next school year I will be taking a course on 1 Samuel in the first semester, and 2 Samuel in the second semester so I thought I would read these two books again beforehand to remind myself what they are about.

In 1 Samuel 3, we read of Samuel hearing God call to him, but he thought it was Eli. In verse 7 of this chapter we read "Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, nor had the word of the LORD been revealed to him." As I continued to read this chapter, Eli had clued in that it was God calling Samuel and thus instruced the boy what to say.

I thought about this and wondered just how do we recognize when God is calling us or speaking to us? Well, a big help in knowing this is to establish a relationship with Him. When we daily seek Him and get into His Word and pray, we are more "intune" with Him then when we go about our daily lives without taking the time to work on the relationship.

For myself, I have found recently (and in the past), that the less time I spend with the Lord, the less I hear Him speaking to me. When I get into His word and not simply read but meditate over what I have read, I find that there are many times that He speaks to me through those particular verses. What is revealed might not be the answer to a prayer, but might be a reminder to me of who He is, of what He has done, etc. Sometimes it can be so easy to forget that God loves us so much, particulary if things aren't going so well for us. God can use His Word to give us a reminder in what we read that shows just how much He loves us.

Prayer is another way that we can hear and identify God speaking to us. It is important in prayer not to just simply ramble on and on and on with our requests, etc. but we need to also be quiet and LISTEN. If we do all of the talking, how can we hear His voice?

It's not always easy to hear God speaking to us, and sometimes we wonder or doubt if it is Him or if it is our thoughts that we hear in our minds. I am not saying that I can pinpoint every time that God speaks to me, or that I recognize His voice each time He calls on me. What I am saying, or rather admitting, is that I need to spend more time with the Lord than I currently am doing.

I know what I need to all I need to do is actually DO it. Just for the record, I do spend some time with God, but not nearly as much as I should be. Please keep me in your prayers regarding this. I long to be a godly woman, an obedient child. I don't know if this is a case of "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" or not. Regardless, if I want to hear God speaking to me more than I do now, I need to do the footwork.


Jess411 said...

It makes sense Shelley. Just a few days left to go on my story.

It's a wonderful thing to spend time with God.

Paula said...

Your His child and His children hear His voice, so you will hear Him. You are so right, we must spend time in the Word and seeking God in prayer. Thanks for reminding me to stay focused on The King.


pia said...

spending time in reading His word and in prayer can make us more sensitive to His voice than if we're not.

thank you for reminding me to spend more time with Him.

God bless!

oh, can i link you to my site?

Suzii said...

I like your post. I have thought and felt the same way before. I hear from God through his word. It almost seems like the verses sometimes are meant just for me. He does have a voice as well... but the majority of people who do not believe will think you are just "hearing voices". You will know when it is his voice... your heart will know it. The more time I spend in his word...and just seek his friendship and companionship daily... the closer I feel to him. I will pray for you. The desire to hear his voice every day... is deep in my heart... it doesn't always happen... but we do have to keep close to him and his word. I am learning that every day.

Joe said...

So often people think of prayer as the way to manipulate God, to get Him do do what we want Him to do for us.

Prayer is to bring us into conformity with God's will for us, no matter what that will is.

Staying in the Word, even as we pray is a good way to ensure that we do not "ask amiss," as James calls it.

Great post!

Shelley said...

Thanks for the encouraging comments everyone!

Pia, yes, you can link my blog on yours.

MaY said...

I am guilty for I am not spending as much time with the Lord as I should be. I once felt that Shelley. A long time it feels to be in God's loving presence. To hear him talk to me.

I am lost..a wandering sheep. And I am having a hard time finding my way back into His arms. Thank you for reminding me what I needed to do.

You are always in my prayers..

God Bless...

This is my real life said...

hey there it's iama!

check out my poem which i wrote not long ago called "can you hear?"

it's one of my favorite poems i've written ever!