Today’s devotion is based on 1 Samuel 3:8-10. “The Lord called Samuel a third time; he got up, went to Eli, and said, ‘You called me, and here I am.’ Then Eli realized that it was the LORD who was calling the boy, so he said to him, ‘Go back to bed; and if he calls you again, say, “Speak, LORD, your servant is listening.” So Samuel went back to bed. The LORD came and stood there, and called as he had before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!”
There are two things you can learn from this passage. The first is that Samuel was still. God spoke his living word to Samuel when Samuel was resting. He was lying in bed in the still of the night when he was enabled to hear God speaking his word to him. Could it be that God is prompting us to rest in him during the worship service on Sunday?
The other thing needed is an attitude of openness to God’s word. That’s not always easy, because we tend to gravitate towards our own voices. Could it be that the Lord is encouraging us to seek his voice with complete openness and trust, even in the words of a human pastor in a pulpit?
Please pray with me the prayer for today. Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things thank you, thank you Lord for being both patient and persistent delivering your words of love and salvation. Give me a spirit and open heart to hear what you say. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.