Listen to God’s Voice

Then Eli discerned that the LORD was calling the boy. And Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down, and it shall be if He calls you, that you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for Your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. (1 Sam 3:8-9)

Late night shot of Ventura Pier

It’s interesting that it took Eli three times to realize that the Lord was calling.

This may be because it was late and he had been sleeping. Or, it may be because the word of the Lord was rare in those days and visions were infrequent (v 1). Or, it may be because Eli was ministering without a “current” relationship with God.

Whatever the reason, he was familiar enough with the way that God speaks that he knew it was the Lord speaking. He also knew from his own experience how to hear God’s voice and how to help Samuel to hear God’s voice.

I think that it’s easy for me to be “familiar” with how to hear God’s voice, and at the same time to not actually be listening to what He is saying to me. I can rely on a past relationship with God rather than a “current” relationship. [Past relationship may mean last week last month, or even yesterday.]
I choose to seek to listen to God’s voice today. I choose to live in a “current” relationship with God today.

Will you?

Today’s Missional Challenge

Don’t rely on your past relationship with God. Listen to His voice today.

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Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer and strategist – and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. His training skills have been used to mobilize church planters, pastors and ministry leaders across the country and around the world. Missional Challenge partners together with churches, networks and denominations to advance disciplemaking movements globally.With 25+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches. He created The Multiplication Cycle™ to assist church planters to start churches by making disciples. He has trained and coached hundreds of coaches and church planters across the United States and internationally.Dave has been coaching pastors and church planters for more than ten years. His experience in church multiplication led to his doctorate in transformational leadership at Bakke Graduate University. He also received a Master of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary and graduated from Biola University with a B.S. in Business Administration.
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