Slightly Obsessed #007 - "Word of God, Speak" (Wednesday Devotional) by Pamela Thorson on 2012-10-31 08:27:34
Word of God speak
Would you pour down like rain
Washing my eyes to see
Speak, for Your servant is listening.
1 Samuel 3:10
There is nothing so compelling as a person who listens.
The prophet Eli was an old man when Samuel began ministering in the house of God in Israel. In those days it was rare to hear the Lord speak, as were visions. Israel was a dead zone of sorts: Limited or no connectivity with God.
It wasn’t that God didn’t have anything to say. He was just waiting for someone who would listen.
Eli certainly wasn’t listening. When his sons profaned the holy sanctuary, Eli looked the other way instead of rebuking them. Even when God sent a man to Eli with His own rebuke, Eli took no action.
But God would not leave His tabernacle barren. He was already at work in the heart of young Samuel. Eli was so used to turning a deaf ear to God that at first he didn’t understand what was happening when Samuel came running to him at dawn and said, “Here I am, for you called me.”
The third time it happened, it finally occurred to old Eli that God was calling.
But God was not calling Eli, the seasoned prophet. He was speaking to Samuel, the boy.
In these last days, the voices are relentless. Everybody’s talking. But God longs to find the person who is waiting in the dawn to hear His voice alone. He searches for the heart that springs to life at the call with the words He yearns to hear, “Your servant is listening.”
I'm finding myself at a loss for words
And the funny thing is it's okay
The last thing I need is to be heard
But to hear what You would say
About Pamela Thorson:
Pamela Thorson is a licensed practical nurse, author, and full-time caregiver. She pioneered in the homeschooling movement from 1982-2006 and authored her first book, Song in the Night, in 2008. She resides in the Northwest with her family.
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