Monday, March 19, 2012

Speak, for Your Servant Hears

And the LORD came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.” 1 Samuel 3:10

Have you ever found yourself sitting in a Bible study, a worship service, or family devotion and had something said that jumps out to you instantly grabbing your attention and speaking directly to things that are going on in your life? I know I certainly have. I am repeatedly amazed by how the scripture readings, the hymns, the liturgy, the sermon seem to be speaking directly to me. If you consider all of these things, the one common thread is that they are all rooted in God’s Word.

In today’s Scripture reading God is speaking directly to His servant Samuel for the first time. Samuel can hear the Lord calling his name, but at first does not recognize that it is the Lord calling for him. Three times the Lord called out to Samuel and each time Samuel went to Eli, his teacher. Finally the third time Eli realizes that it is the Lord speaking to Samuel. He tells Samuel, “if He calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.’” When the Lord spoke to Samuel the fourth time, he did respond, “Speak, for your servant hears”, and the Lord continued to speak directly to Samuel.

Today, the Lord speaks to us through His Word. This is why it is so important for us to be active in worship and the study of God’s Word. As we involve ourselves in these things that are rooted in God’s Word, we are saying, “Speak, for your servant hears.” Just as Eli helped Samuel to recognize that God was speaking to him, we need to help our children to recognize that God speaks to them through His Word, just as He does to each and every one of us.

As parents we should all be diligent in not only our own active worship life and study of God’s Word, but also in leading our children to do the same. We lead them to where God’s Word can be found and teach them how to listen and hear what God is saying to them. We encourage them to open their hearts to God’s Word and say, “Speak, for your servant hears.”

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for speaking to us through Your Holy Word. Help us to seek out those opportunities that You have blessed us with where we are able to hear Your Word. Help us to bring our children to You and guide our children to open their hearts to hear You as You speak to them through Your Word. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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