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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Ready to Listen And Do

In review of 1 Samuel 3:10 it says, “Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel! And Samuel answered, ‘speak, for your servant hearts.”

Bottom Line:
When God calls, your response should be readiness to do what He asks.

What does this means to me:
When God calls me, my response should be to listen and then be ready to do as He asks.

This verse comes from a time when Samuel is still a younger child working with, and serving Eli. It would be natural to expect God to speak to Eli and not young Samuel. However, I see that God's chain of command is based on faith, not on age or position. In finding faithful followers, God may use unexpected channels. Therefore I should be prepared for the Lord to work at any place, at any time, and through anyone he chooses. When I hear Him speak into my life, my response should be to listen fully and be ready to do as He requests.

Also, I’m reminded to ask myself if I’m making any progress on my path, or am I just going around in circles? It can be easy to confuse activity with progress. After all, even a clock that doesn’t work is right twice a day. Still, hitting the mark once in awhile doesn’t mean I’m on the right track.

So, If I’m unsure, I should just stop and wait on the Lord. Get a clear idea of where God wants me to go, then start moving in that direction. God saw this day coming. He knows my start from my conclusion. So I shouldn’t be afraid. Like Samuel, I can say, “Speak, for your servant hears.”

My trust should always be in the Lord. I should listen for his guidance, and then go. Just because I don’t understand how it will turn out doesn’t mean that I don’t need to head in the direction God is leading. Faith is starting out before you know how it’s going to turn out. God has brought me this far. He will not fail me now.