Word for the day by Christina Education Forum

Calling from Childhood
1 Samuel 3: 1-10Sarah Varghese
  Carmel MTC, Boston
9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.

Listening is a skill used in our everyday lives. At school you listen to the teacher, at home you listen to your spouse, mother, or father,  and at work, you listen to your boss.
When it comes to listening to our Lord, it becomes a bit more difficult. Often, in our relationship with Christ, we do the talking. In prayer, we tend to fill every moment speaking to Him with request for favours. It is important that we talk to God daily, and it is just as  important to be still in the silence and wait. In our busy lives, there is no time to be still, we are constantly moving and onto the next task. In our relationship with Him, we must make an extra effort to be patient, wait, and listen. If we go without ever waiting to truly listen to God, when He is calling us, we may not even recognize his voice.

In this passage we see that this is exactly what Samuel is going through. Samuel thinks that Eli is the one calling him. He does not know who Christ is yet and is following the voice he thinks he hears. In life, we tend to do the same. We follow whatever we think is right. We follow our own paths,  our own tasks, and our own goals. We follow what we want to listen to. If we opened our hearts and our minds to know God and listen to his voice, he might be telling us something different. It may not always be what we want to hear or be aligned with our own paths, but we are his servants. We are here to follow His will, not our own.  


Father, We pray that You would help us to humble ourselves before You, so that we may hear when you are calling us. We pray that as Your servants, You open our ears to listen to Your words and follow Your will. In Jesus name we pray. Amen
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

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