1 Samuel 3

As a Christian, you have the ability to hear the voice and direction of the Holy Spirit for everyday life. Faith is defined by Hebrews 11:1, while faithfulness is defined as a consistent lifestyle of making right choices. Samuel demonstrates an ability to hear God’s voice even when he doesn’t recognize the Lord.

V.1- Samuel served the Lord. This was in spite of the fact that Eli was a blind old man who could not keep Samuel from leaving his presence if he so chose to do so.

  1. 8- Samuel was faithful. Three times, Samuel heard the voice of the Lord, and three times, he got up and responded to the Lord’s call.
  1. 15-18- Samuel was courageous. Samuel’s first words from the Lord were difficult, but as an obedient servant, he held nothing back from Eli.

Samuel’s actions provide 3 faith clues to hearing the voice of the Lord.

  1. Are you serving the Lord with your whole heart? Does your lifestyle reflect one whose relationship with Christ is grounded in God’s truth? Consider Luke 10:27.
  1. Are you faithful? Many people can become successful. Significance comes from being faithful in doing small things well. Read Hebrews 12:14-15.
  1. How are you expecting God to work through your life? Now faith is being sure of what you hope for, and certain of what you do not see (Heb 11:1). To truly live life, courageous expect Jesus to direct your everyday steps. Mediate on Jeremiah 29:11.

God’s written Word (logos) and spoken word (rhema) reveal the active, living voice of the Holy Spirit (Heb. 4:12). Are you listening?


Jason Marshall

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