There was a young boy who was being tutored under a high priest named Eli. Samuel lived with Eli to learn the ways of being a priest. Read 1 Samuel 1 for his backstory. During this time, God gave very few messages and visions were uncommon, see 1 Samuel 3:1. One particular night, God had a message for Samuel.
Look at 1 Samuel 3, “Suddenly, the Lord called out, ‘Samuel!”3 while they were sleeping. Samuel thought Eli was waking him up for something, so he got up and went to Eli. Eli did not call for him. Then God called out a second time, “Samuel!”6 The sleepy lad went to Eli, “Here I am. Did you call me?” Eli did not.
Samuel didn’t realize that God was speaking to him for he never had a message from God before. The Lord spoke a third time and again Samuel got up and went to Eli. Finally, Eli realized that God was calling for Samuel. He directed the young boy to go back and lie down and if you hear the voice again, say, “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.”9 Samuel did as he was told.
The Lord called and Samuel was ready, “Speak, your servant is listening”10
Would it be weird if God called you in the middle of the night? If He did, would you recognize Him? God often gives wisdom and insight in the wee hours of the morning. He works in this fashion for He has your attention. During the day, you are busy with responsibilities and activities. God often, and I mean often, will awaken me. I have learned to stop and listen.
God’s voice is the clearest when you are the most still.
God wants His children to be still and silent for a reason. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God!” Exodus 14:14 says, “The Lord will fight for you while you keep still.” Habakkuk 2:20 says, “The Lord is in His holy Temple. Let all the earth be silent before Him.” Zechariah 2:13 says, “Be silent before the Lord, all humanity, for He is springing into action from His holy dwelling.”
God is constantly wooing you (and I) to stop and listen. How can you live for His Kingdom without hearing what He wants you to do today? It is impossible to live holy without His Word. Read Psalm 119:105, 2 Timothy 3:16, and 1 Thessalonians 2:13. John 17:17 says, “Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.”
A believer of Jesus Christ is always in student-mode ready and willing to learn from the Teacher. God gave you the Holy Spirit so you can commune with Him moment-by-moment. Everything you do and say each day should be for God and His Kingdom. Faith in Christ is a very intimate relationship where nothing is hidden.
God gives His all for you. You are to give your all to Him.
Your flesh, unfortunately, is sinful and selfish. When God comes like an alarm clock at 3 am or 3 pm, you want to hide or ignore His voice. This barrier from God began in the Garden with Adam and Eve. In Genesis 3:8-10, God was near, and they hid. They never needed to hide before, but disobedience screwed up the intimate relationship they once had with God. It screws up your relationship with Jesus. Daily you (and I) fall short of God, see Romans 3:23. What is the cost, see Romans 6:23? Thus, God comes calling.
Jesus comes knocking on the door to your heart, see Revelation 3:20. If it’s the first time, it is for your salvation when you become a child of God, see John 1:12. Every time after that, it’s for your sanctification. You need schooling, training in how to walk as His child. Your sin will keep you loving the ways of the world. Your flesh will gratify its own appetite. God’s love will faithfully wake you up in the areas that need refining and correcting for He has a call on your life. It’s a call of utmost important.
Everyone who isn’t following Jesus is on the road that leads to destruction. Satan is deceiving many, many people to not follow Jesus or if you are, he is convincing many to stop. Love your life more than you love God. Feed your own desires.
This is why God whispers in the night, “Wake up, my child. I have much to teach you. Your days that are before you are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly but understand what the Lord wants you to do.”
Pay attention, my friend, to the Lord’s voice. He is speaking to you. Are you willing to listen like Samuel did? A young boy was given a hefty message to pass on to his teacher. Read the end of 1 Samuel 3 and see what he chose. He could have ignored the voice and put a pillow over his head, but he willingly responded and obeyed. He trusted God. Will you? Will you let God speak to you when the moon is out or when the sun is high in the sky? Then, will you obey? You must respond to what He tells you.