“Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation.”
I Samuel 3:1 NKJV
“And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you did call me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.””
I Samuel 3:8-10 NKJV
There are times when it can seem as if the voice of God is silent, as if He has nothing to say about the matters in the times we live in. In reality, God is always speaking, always giving revelation to the world, to those who are willing to hear. One of the many consequences of unchecked sin, normalized, is that it deafens us to the voice of God, as we cease to hear what He has to say.
It is like we are on another frequency, tuned away from the holy, and tuned instead to the unholy or to what is comfortable to our flesh. Reading through I Samuel chapter three, we find ourselves in such a time when the voice of God seems silent. In reality those charged with serving the Lord have not ears to hear, and are focused upon serving themselves.
Eli and his sons were charged to serve as priest, but the younger used the ministry for their own debauchery, going so far as to lay with the women at the door of the temple.
“Now the sons of Eli were corrupt; they did not know the Lord.”
I Samuel 2:12 NKJV
Eli’s sons were bad boys, bent on sin and mayhem, and no trying to fulfill the calling upon their lives. They lived as if there was no God.
One cannot hear the voice of God if one does not know Him. The great voice of the Lord, canonized in written form we call the Bible is jibberish to those who do not know Him. Here we have Hophni and Phineas seeking to perform the calling of God as impostors.
The church today is filled with unsaved, unregenerate, carnal men and women seeking offices in the church, having no relationship with the Lord. As a result, the influence of the word of God appears to be rare, as there are few who are willing and able to listen.
But God still calls. And even as things seem dire, there are those who are listening.
It is on those who have been called to be faithful to take the word of God to the world. God called Samuel and revealed to Him a great and dire message for those in power. Imagine what you’d Samuel must have felt having been told by the Lord what calamity and judge was to come to the house of Eli.
“Then the Lord said to Samuel: “Behold, I will do something in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knows, because his sons made themselves vile, and he did not restrain them. And therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.””
I Samuel 3:11-14 NKJV
One reason the revelation of the God is not heard, is that many have become unwilling to share the full message, including the good and the bad. Many pastors and preachers have opted to avoid the messages about sin and hell, opting to focus on the warm and comfortable messages of God’s favor and His deliverance from sins that we so eagerly embrace.
The word is discounted and disowned, and those who are the followers of Jesus suffer.
Brothers and sisters, let us be those who hear God, who are sensitive to the revelations He gives us in His word. The Lord is crying out in these days, as we are seeing the corruption of this world approaching critical mass, and the bottom is dropping out.
As the din of sin’s destruction becomes louder, let us lean ever closer to the word of God. The devil is creating many distractions for those who call upon the Name of the Lord, and is actively seeking to corrupt them. We need to be all the more deliberate in seeking after God.
We need to be all the deliberate in sharing the Good News that Jesus came to this world of His Creation, to die for sinners, be buried, and defeat death and sin by His resurrection. The Lord is speaking continuously. May we be people who seek to amplify that message so that it is heard everywhere.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
John 3:16-17 NKJV
“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,”
I Corinthians 15:1-4 NKJV
Stand believer, with ears tuned. Hear the call! May our answer be like Samuel’s:
“Speak, for Your servant hears.”
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