Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 6/8/2008

Yesterday’s message in the Life of Samuel series was called Can You Hear Me Now?, taken from 1 Samuel 3:1-21. The main idea of the message was that God wants to communicate with us, and we can hear him through his Word. Here are some of the applications we looked at from this passage.

1) God desires to speak to us. God did not just create the world and walk away. God desires to speak to man and to have a relationship with us. God has always taken the initiative in speaking to man. We just need to learn to listen.

2) We don’t always hear very well. Sometimes we don’t hear very well because we need instruction. For example, Samuel did not recognize God’s voice until Eli explained it to him. Sometimes we do not hear from God because we are spiritually sluggish. It took Eli three times to figure out what was going on. But other times we do not hear God’s word because we have closed our ears to God’s word and are disobedient. Eli’s sons were like that. God wants to speak to us, but sometimes we don’t hear very well.

3) God speaks to us primarily through his Word. God rarely speaks directly to people. Even in the Bible God rarely spoke directly to an individual. Samuel was the exception, not the rule. Most people received God’s word through a prophet attested by God. So we are more like Eli than Samuel. Eli received God’s word through Samuel the prophet. We primarily receive God’s word through the Bible, which is God’s written word given through men. We need to come to God’s word with reverence and expectation, saying like Samuel, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening,” and then let God apply his word to our hearts and minds.

4) God is patient with us. I love the way God keeps coming back to Samuel in this passage. Four times God came and called Samuel’s name before Samuel finally got it. God is remarkably loving and patient. If you approach the Bible with a sincere and listening heart, God will speak to you through his word. You may not get it all the first time, but keep coming back.

5) God has spoken to us through Jesus. The book of Hebrews says, “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.” (Hebrews 1:1-2) Do you want to know who God is? Look at Jesus. All the Old Testament prophets looked forward to Christ, and all of the Scriptures are fulfilled in him. When God sent Jesus, it was as if he said, “Can you hear me now? Good!”

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  1. Margaret says:

    Good message. Why do I always seem to spend more time talking to God, than listening to Him? In a group Bible Study, I love studying God’s Word, and sharing our thoughts on various verses, but I need to spend more time in private study and reflection.

    Thanks for the reminder about listening to God, and truly hearing what He wants to say.

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Margaret – Thanks for the feedback. I am glad the message was helpful to you!

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