In 1 Samuel 3, we get to be a fly on the wall. Samuel was a child at the time and sleeping. Three times he hears his name being called. He just assumed that it was his teacher calling for him so he jumps out of bed and runs to him. Eli sends him back to bed twice and finally realized that it was the Lord calling the boy, tells him what to say next time and sent him off to bed once again. God called out one more time and this time Samuel was ready to listen. You see Samuel didn’t know the voice of God… he heard the calling, the nudge and ran to what and who he did know. Once he understood it was God’s voice he was able to hear clearly and be in a place to listen to God’s voice.
So many things in our lives cloud and drown out the voice of God. Sometimes we have to clear the clutter in our lives so we can hear that still and calm voice. You see, most of the time when God speaks to us it is gentle and calm and we have to work to block out other things so we can clearly hear him. Things of the world, sin, people, situations, business…it can all make it hard to hear God’s voice. When we don’t take time to be calm, dig into the word and just stop and listen then we may not hear his voice. I want to challenge you to dig a little deep today, and really evaluate where you are and what clutter or distractions may be keeping you from hearing his voice. I’ll bet you that after that fourth time Samuel heard God’s voice it became clear and easier to hear. God doesn’t just want to speak in the trouble, in the pain and when you are in crisis. He wants to speak to you throughout the day, in the mundane, in the car, and while you are making dinner. He wants to converse with you throughout the day. He is speaking to us, we just don’t always listen. The more you listen to God’s voice the easier it gets to hear him and know that it is him with no doubt. So many Christians make the mistake of waiting until you are in crisis or need something to seek out God’s voice, but what if instead of letting it be that way, we listen in the calm, in the day in and day out and tune into his voice so that when we are in those moments it is easy to hear his voice.