The Lord came and stood there, calling as at other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" Then Samuel said, "Speak, for Your servant is listening." 1 Samuel 3:10
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
God communicating directly with man is a marvelous event. Two questions came to my mind while scanning this passage. How does God talk to us? How do we react when God talks to us?
In this text, God is speaking to Samuel, a young boy who had been brought by his parents to grow up and serve in the house of the Lord with Eli, the high priest. Not knowing God's ways of doing things, Samuel turns to Eli for an explanation. Eli advises the boy to speak directly back to God and then listen to what God says. Samuel follows this advice and the Almighty reveals to him many truths relevant to Eli's life, Eli's children, and to the people of Israel.
We can give answers to questions raised through this meditation and apply it in our daily lives. God continues to speak to His children through His Word, the Bible. But, at certain moments in our lives, we may turn a deaf ear. Instead of listening to the voice of God, we listen to the voice of the world. God wants to build a personal and intimate spiritual bridge between Him and us. I have experienced God's intimate love during my lowliness. Learning, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to hear the voice of God through His Word will transform you.
God's Word is life itself. Through it we find the eternal message of salvation won for each of us through the saving work of Jesus Christ. Yes, God talks to us and calls us to a life of devoted service and obedience.
He calls. Are you listening?
THE PRAYER: Almighty God, You sent Your Son, Jesus, into the world to suffer, die and rise on the third day to pave for us the path to salvation. Instill in us the Holy Spirit who will enable us to identify Your divine voice in the midst of contemporary noises and distractions. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Biography of Author: This devotion is based on a text sent from Fanta Christine, a member of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cameroon, Africa. From its headquarters in Yaoundé, Lutheran Hour Ministries-Cameroon serves the local population by visiting people in hospitals and prisons, distributing Christ-centered booklets, and by utilizing Equipping the Saints (ETS) materials.
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