Samuel ministered to the LORD, but he was unable to recognise God’s voice. Does it sound familiar with you?
The scripture says, “Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed unto him” 1 Samuel 3:7. Many believers are in the same situation. They’re in ministry but they don’t know God, and the Word is still not revealed to them. They are godly people, very obedient, and serving God indeed. Yet, they still have to learn to know how and when the Lord speaks with them.
We must hear from God. Just not good enough to hear the preacher’s voice, but hear God too!
1 Samuel 3:1 says, “… the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision.” It was rare because of the hardness of heart and corruption among the people of God. God didn’t speak often, and when He did, it was a word of judgment he spoke, and we see that even today. 1 Samuel 2:29 says, “Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation; and honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people?”
Anyway, how do you hear God?
Eli told Samuel to avail himself for God.
“….And Eli perceived that the Lord had called the child. Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, Lord ; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.” 1 Samuel 3:8-9
Stop running around, but be sober, “Go, lie down.” Jesus said, “thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are, Matthew 6:5. When he shall call again, for definitely He’ll; in a humble voice say, “Speak, Lord ; for thy servant heareth.”
Anyway, as Samuel grew, the Lord was with him and people listened carefully to his advice. We hear that “the Lord appeared again in Shiloh: for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord” 1 Samuel 3:21. But because he’s spiritually mature, he’s no moreproblem with the appearances of God; and for that reason more is revealed to him also.
Ok, let me also advice, you’ll find this helpful;
If you’re serious about knowing God then read and study the bible for yourself, “…faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Hearing the Word of God, not interpretations. It’s not fair for you that your faith should rest only on interpretations made by others.
I don’t think some believers understand the severity of the situation. Here is the danger, even Today, we still have Scribes and Pharisees. These people teach not the real gospel but ‘the law of Moses ’ and/or “…teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” Matthew 15:9.
Now, when Jesus was teaching his disciples, he kept repeating these phrases; “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, (Matthew 5:27) or “It hath been said, (Matthew 5:31).
Here was the problem, people knew only what was dictated, the customs and laws they wanted people to focus on, but neglected laws necessary for their spiritual development.
When you read what Jesus taught e.g., concerning divorce, the Sabbath, etc., you learn a few things, that he pointed people back to the true laws of God, blaming the scribes and the Pharisees for breaking the true laws of God, yet preferring their traditions.
Jesus reminded us that something isn’t true just because it is old, or that it comes from the pulpit. He showed His authority, and did not rely on the words of previous scribes or teachers. We see him teaching them what the Law of Moses meant. He also challenged man’s interpretations of the law.
Jesus said beware of the leaven of the Pharisees which is hypocrisy. Salt is good.