This is my story - Samuel Hears from God
Good morning! Did you see our insta stories this past week inviting you to tell your story? (if not, you can still see our highlight story at @we.are.woven) We hope that you will consider sending us your story as part of this devo series. Sisters, we each have a story to tell and share; stories of God’s mercy, faithfulness and kindness that will encourage those around us!
Grab your bible or use this link (use this link) and read through
1 Samuel chapters 1-3. We have chosen some key passages and verses for this devotional, but we encourage you to read through these three chapters for the big picture and beautiful story of the prophet Samuel’s earliest days.
"Making a vow, she pleaded, “Lord of Armies, if you will take notice of your servant’s affliction, remember and not forget me, and give your servant a son, I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and his hair will never be cut.”
“Please, my lord,” she said, “as surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. I prayed for this boy, and since the Lord gave me what I asked him for, I now give the boy to the Lord. For as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord. Then heworshiped the Lord there.”
“Samuel served in the Lord’s presence—this mere boy was dressed in the linen ephod.”
“The boy Samuel served the Lord in Eli’s presence. In those days the word of the Lord was rare and prophetic visions were not widespread…Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, because the word of the Lordhad not yet been revealed to him.
Once again, for the third time, the Lord called Samuel. He got up, went to Eli, and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
Then Eli understood that the Lord was calling the boy. He told Samuel, “Go and lie down. If he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
The Lord came, stood there, and called as before, “Samuel, Samuel!”
Samuel responded, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
The book of 1 Samuel teaches us so much about hearing God’s voice. Thankfully, we don’t have to be perfect, or even be a great listener yet to hear God’s voice. What God wants are people who desire to hear him and position themselves to respond when HE chooses to speak.
Samuel was a young boy dedicated to God before he was even born. His mother Hannah couldn’t have known what her son would do with God, that he would one day take God’s words to His people and even anoint a young King David. What a beautiful picture of a destiny fulfilled because of a promise kept.
1 Samuel 3:19 tells us that “The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground.” Let’s not miss this: Samuel spoke God’s words, not his own, and the Lord is faithful to His word, every time!
Even at a young age Samuel wore the linen ephod to remind himself of who he was and his destiny. In that day and culture, anyone who saw him would know that He served God’s house by what he wore. Today, we wear Christ to the world around us. We put on love just like Samuel put on his priestly garment to show the world whose we are.
We don’t have to become anything special or work for it. Just like Samuel, we are positioned to hear from God because of our relationship to Him. Listening happens in the closeness. In fact, Samuel was still when God spoke to him. And God had to say it three times before Samuel understood. What a relief that we don’t always have to get it right! God is faithful to his word and He will be patient with us just as he has always been.
Hearing from God is a process; a journey of becoming great listeners. It isn’t us trying to force God to speak (as if we could), instead it’s responding when He does. Like Samuel, we should be quick to say, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” (1 Samuel 3:10).
If you desire to hear from God, can we encourage you to first draw close to Him, then repeat the words of young Samuel, and then friends, be willing to wait patiently for Him to respond. God’s words are powerful, and they never return void. If you feel like He isn’t speaking as quickly as you’d like, trust that He is kindly preparing you to carry His words well.
We hope you are encouraged today by the story of Samuel. Remember that God often starts small and doesn’t require perfect people. Learning to hear God’s voice is a process that He is wanting to teach us as we lean in and make room for Him to speak!
· How has God shifted your perspective today when it comes to hearing His words?
· Take a moment and write in your phone or journal how you can position yourself to hear from God? What practical steps is He asking you to take so you can listen well?
P.s. We’d love to hear from you during this series! If God is stirring something in you, tag us on instagram or facebook and share. We would love to share what God is doing in all of our lives and encourage the women in our world with the ways God is encouraging us!