Read: 1 Samuel 3:1-10

The noted theologian and preacher Helmut Thielicke endured severe opposition from the Nazi regime in Germany during the 2nd World War time. Yet he remained devoted to proclaiming God’s presence and power in Jesus Christ during that difficult time. The scholar Robert Smith said that as Thielicke addressed any issue or problem in his sermons, he always sought to answer the question, “Is there any word from the Lord?”

Don’t we also need to have that attitude? What has God said that will strengthen and guide us through the difficulties we face? 1 Samuel 3 describes a time when “the word of the Lord was rare” (1 Sam. 3:1). When God spoke to the boy Samuel, he thought it was the aging Eli calling him. When he approached Eli, Eli told him to respond to God’s voice by saying, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears” (1 Sam. 3:9). Samuel listened to the Lord, and he eventually became known as the prophet who was faithful and fearless, “for the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord” (1 Sam. 3:21).

When we open the Bible, or listen to a sermon, or pray to the Lord, it’s always a wonderful practice to say, “Lord Jesus, speak to me. I’m ready to listen and eager and willing to obey.” If you are ready to listen and willing to obey, God will surely reveal Himself and His purposes to you. God speaks through His Word to those who listen with their heart.

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