THE VOICE IN THE NIGHT

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 3:1-21
 
I am not a good sleeper; I often wake up several times in the night, if I can get to sleep at all. They tell us we should have at least 8 hours sleep. Well, I am fortunate to get 4 or 5. This is the way it has been for years.
 
Several years ago, I was diagnosed with restless leg syndrome, so I take medication to help me sleep. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. When I lay awake, I talk to the Lord. Sometimes, I feel the imprint of His presence close to me, gently revealing Himself and His will. I cannot say I have heard a voice, but I have heard Him in different ways, and I just know it is the Lord.
 
The call of Samuel is a great Old Testament story. As a young lad, he stayed in the home of Eli the prophet. God had been trying to get Eli’s attention but Eli wouldn’t respond. So one night, in the middle of the night, God spoke to Samuel. At first, he did not understand that it was the Lord. But finally, when Eli realized that God was speaking to the boy, he gave him directions to listen to what God was saying. What God revealed to Samuel was hard for him to relay to Eli, but Samuel learned a lesson: when God speaks, you better listen because He has something definite He wants to say to you. Samuel became one of the great prophets of the Old Testament, and it all started in the middle of the night, when he heard from God.
 
God will speak in whatever way He needs to to get our attention; through a burning bush, writing on a wall, even a donkey. Is He speaking to you today? And, more importantly, are you listening to Him? He will continue to speak until you stop and listen. And what He has to say to you will be very important. It is time to listen to God.
 
“Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.”

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