Who Do You Listen To?

1 Samuel 3: 1-20


This past Sunday’s live Bible reading was the story of Samuel hearing God calling in the middle of the night. He thought it was Eli calling and went to Eli a few times before Eli realized it was God calling Samuel. On the third time, Eli told Samuel go back to bed and when you hear the Lord again, answer Him, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” (1 Samuel 3:4-9)


Anytime I hear this story, I can’t help but think of when my daughter was 13 years old, she kept coming to me like Samuel was to Eli. At the time, after a few times she’d come to me, I told her this story & let her know that God still speaks to us. I suggested she, like Samuel, was hearing God’s voice & suggested she listen for the message. 


She didn’t hear anything & I thought at the time, How often do we all, like Samuel, mistake our Lord’s voice for someone else’s and, like my daughter, are unable to hear His message?


Do you ever wonder what He’d say if you were in Samuel’s shoes?


And whose voice might we be mistaking for His?


If you’ve ever had a loved one with dementia, then you probably know that their personality can change dramatically. After the reading this week, I was thinking of my initial exposure to this when a loved one said such hurtful things to me that it kept rattling around in my head, despite my book knowledge that it wasn’t real. 


Finally, I remembered that there are unseen forces who can place cruel, destructive thoughts in our minds. I realized that those hurtful comments caused me so much pain because they had voiced my own fears. Then evil had used that reflection of my own thoughts against me.


So I had to choose. Whose voice do I choose to cling to? The enemy plants thoughts that tear us down. God’s voice instills strength, love, fortitude, compassion, grace. 


I choose God. 


Just because I think it doesn’t make it real. When weighed against what I do know of God’s being, the enemy’s voice falls short and is revealed.


If today you have thoughts that are disturbing you, I encourage you to cling on to God’s promises. Listen to His voice instead. He is there, speaking love. Always.


“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9


How do I know His voice is there? Because we have been reassured, “He will never leave you nor forsake you.” - Deuteronomy 31:6b


Sometimes the other voices in our head drown Him out but, if you cling to Your faith, if you shut down the other voices one by one, and if you listen intentionally for Him, you will hear the voice of truth, the Lord your God.


May God be with you. And may He roar so loud you can’t help but hear Him.


Love, 

Laurie


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{The image is a green shield on a hot pink background, text on the shield reads from Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”}



The image is a green shield on a hot pink background, text on the shield reads from Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
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