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Nudges | Listen | Do Not Resist

Nudges | Listen | Do Not Resist

Cedar Point

The LORD called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.” I Samuel 3:10

“Why won’t God talk to me?” some complain, “I’ve never heard from the Lord.” That may or may not be true. When we dig deeper into this account of the boy Samuel hearing from God, we notice several things. First of all, Samuel was not trying to hear God, He didn’t know such a thing was possible. Verse 7 says that he did not yet know the Lord. He was just a boy serving in the temple, doing what he was supposed to do. It was God who took the initiative to speak to Samuel, not the other way around. Second, what God had to say was not what Samuel wanted to hear, that might be where we run into trouble.

When we try to “hear from God,” it almost always has to do with our own concerns. It’s not God we want to hear, but a guarantee that what we are about to do will be successful. Rarely do we seek Him for Himself. However, God speaks when He wants to speak and it is about the bigger picture. Sometimes what He says is not what we wanted to hear. “Go to Sudan and preach my gospel.” “Do not marry that person. I’m calling you to singleness for my purposes.” “I’m about to bring destruction on your son for his rebellion.” Our hearts rise up in protest and we start discounting what we thought we heard: “That can’t be right, God wants me to be happy!” We talk ourselves out of it and soon our complaints are accurate—God doesn’t speak to us because we refused to listen when He did.

Final Thought:  Has God spoken and you resisted? Repent of that and prepare your heart to say, “Speak Lord, I’m listening.”

Prayer: Father, I remember a time I knew you were speaking to me and I didn’t want to hear it. You were right, I should have listened and obeyed. Please forgive me. Cleanse my attitude and prepare my heart. I will now listen. In Jesus’ name, Amen.