by Stephen Whitney

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Samuel: Hearing God's Voice (9 of 18)
Series: Lessons from the Lives of OT Characters
Stephen Whitney
1 Samuel 3:1-10

Years ago an annoyed senior citizen from Richmond Heights, Missouri, hung up on President Reagan, who was trying to call him. This happened not just once, but half a dozen times! He didn't believe the operator when she insisted that the White House was calling. He was so sure it was a prank that he didn't stay on the line. But the Southwestern Bell operator and a neighbor finally convinced him that the phone call was real. As a result he had the privilege of chatting with President Reagan for about 15 minutes.

God wants to speak to you so you will get to know who he is, why you can trust him and what he wants you to do in your life. But in order for you to hear God speak you must:

1. You must believe that God speaks through His Word to you.
Ps. 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

2. You must want to hear God speak to you through His Word.
Ps.119:18 Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. God will not speak to you if we don't want him to speak.

3. You must listen for the voice of God to speak to you.
Ps. 119:20 My soul is consumed with longing for your decrees.
Often we too distracted with things around us such as:
computer, friends, music, social media or sports.

English hymnwriter Fredrick Faber (d. 1862) is best known for the hymn Faith Of Our Fathers. He wrote, ''There is hardly ever a complete silence in our soul. God is whispering to us well-nigh incessantly. Whenever the sounds of the world die out in our soul, or sink low, then we hear these whisperings of God. He is always whispering to us, only we do not always hear because of the noise, hurry, and distraction, which life causes as it rushes on.''

We always hear what we are listening for such as: a child's cry,
a person's voice, a cat's meow, a dog's bark or the voice of God.

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