Day 3 – Hearing When God Speaks
Focus today on Experiencing God by thinking about Him during the day
Scripture: Read 1 Samuel 3:1-10. Ask the Father to open your mind to understand what he has for you in today’s study.
The Lord Calls Samuel
3 The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.
2 One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the Lord called Samuel.
Samuel answered, “Here I am. ” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down. 6 Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 8 A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel! ”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
Intimacy is a Process
The beauty of the process is the joy we experience as we grow closer to the Lord. Unlike anything else in life, this quest for intimacy is divinely propelled. God loves for you to desire to grow close to Him, and He longs to delight your heart with His love! Consider Jesus’ prayer to the Father as His crucifixion drew near. Read – John 17:13
In our relationship with Jesus, intimacy becomes a goal that is ever before us and is one that we can celebrate each step of the way.
Spend a few moments with the prayer of Jesus in John 17:6-9. Imagine the Father’s joy when you come to Him, desiring to spend time with Him. Thank Him for pursuing this love relationship with him.
John 17:6-9 Jesus Prays for His Disciples 6 “I have revealed you[a] to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.
As Samuel thought it was the priest, Eli, speaking to him. He was quick to response when he heard his name called but did not recognize the voice of the Lord. 3 times God called him, each time Samuel rushed to the elder priest and answered, “Here I am.” After the third time, Eli perceived that it was the Lord calling the boy.
In what ways has God spoken to you? Underline all that apply
through another person
in a song
There may be times God is speaking to you throughout your day. Which of the following might keep you from hearing Him? Check all that apply.
o I’m thinking about all I have to do
o My mind is preoccupied with negative thoughts of other people
o Financial worries are keeping me stressed
o My feelings are hurt about what someone said or did
o I’m not happy about the way I look or feel.
o Other ______________________________
It’s natural to be preoccupied with life. Great demands are placed upon you in all the roles you play. God keeps calling your name. He is so persistent with His love! He wants to enter your busy schedule and minister to you and soothe you.
Place a check by the statements that describe your experience.
o I don’t usually hear God speaking to me during a busy day
o When I think about Him during the day, I’m more likely to experience Him
o Spending time God first thing in the morning, before my day begins, usually helps me focus on Him throughout the day.
o The times I’m most at peace are the times I’m aware of His presence.
o When I’m around others, I don’t usually experience God’s presence.
o When I’m stressed out, I don’t hear God speaking to me.
Speak, Lord. I’m listening. The fourth time the Lord spoke to Samuel, the boy responded, “Speak, for your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:10). The passage speaks to me of the consistency of God. He’s unchanging in His love for us. Just as he continued to call Samuel, He continues to speak to us and pursue us wherever we are and whatever we are doing.
Rank the statements 1, 2, 3 with I being what must take place first for you to become more intimate with God.
____ I accept that God desires an intimate love relationship with me.
_____ As I spend more time with Him in Bible study, prayers and thought, He will continue to fill me with His joy.
_____ I choose to accept His invitation of drawing me closer to Him and begin to desire a deeper relationship.
What is God revealing to you to today?
Close today’s study with:
Dear Father, I long to be in Your presence. As I understand more about how to become intimate with You, I know I will experience more joy and peace. It’s exciting to think about how You want to spend time with me. Draw me closer to you. I love You.