1 Samuel 3: 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him.
Jesus said, “My sheep know my voice.” Now since the Word of the Lord was rare in those days, and since there was no open, frequent, or widespread vision/ revelation, Samuel did not realize who was doing the calling. Romans 10: 13 says, “So then, “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”14But how can people call on him if they have not believed in him? How can they believe in him if they have not heard his message? How can they hear if no one tells the Good News?”
That begs for the question … How important is it for us to be… that voice, that teacher, that preacher? If the one who was consecrated to God could miss that call, and mistake it as a call from his mentor, how careful or sensitive must we be to the sound of His voice?
Samuel needed someone who knew what was happening to tell him what to do when it happened again. Sometimes we get jealous to the fact that God is speaking to the younger generation. We may dismiss it as baby talk or babbling, but the fact was that Eli’s family trouble caused a break in communication. The man obviously wasn’t in tune to the complaints of the people against the sin and wrongdoing of his sons, nor was he receptive to restrain his sons. So God chose another Man of God to speak to, and go to Eli and Prophesy 8 judgments against him. No wonder God’s word was rare!
Father God, I don’t ever want to get to the point in my life where I can’t hear your voice, or when you refuse to talk to me because of disobedience, rebellion & neglect. Show me the areas in my life that mess with my ability to keep tuned in on your frequency. May you always have someone you speak to, as one speaks with a friend. I want to be that man. Love You. John