Hearing the Call of God

Hearing the Call of God—I Samuel 3:1-21
God’s voice is calling.  Do you hear and answer His call?
Scripture: I Samuel 3:1-21
“Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, “Speak LORD, for Your servant hears.’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place.  Now the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”  And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”
I have noticed that there are times when God calls out to us and we are completely unaware.  We aren’t listening.  Then there are times when God calls out and we mistake His voice for someone else.  But then there are times when we hear God’s call and answer His voice.  But I question whether or not we answer with a heart convinced and determined to obey. Samuel was young and needed Eli to help him understand when God was calling him.  Today we have the Holy Spirit to help us determine the truth about hearing the voice of God, for His word is the testing grounds by which we determine God’s voice.  God never contradicts His written word.
Just as Samuel had to learn to respond to the voice of God calling him, we have to learn to hear as well.  Our response is always determined by our recognition of God.  If there is doubt about hearing God for ourselves, we tend to be hesitant to respond with conviction to the voice we hear.   However, if we are convinced that it is God that we hear, we tend to make our decision to obey, if we have committed ourselves to obey when we hear God.  If we believe we can say no to God’s call we are self-deceived as to our understanding of free will.  God calls our deliberate disobedience; REBELLION!  He is never pleased with that response, in fact, that response will always lead to God’s judgment, for which repentance is required.
So! How about making the commitment to obeying God when He calls and receiving the peace that comes from a right relationship with Him.  Don’t be a Hophni or Phinehas.  Be a Samuel, who said, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”
Lord Jesus, keep my ears attuned to your voice so that I may hear and obey.  Amen!