Summary: God Speaks through the man or women of God so that we his sheep can know his voice.
“Can you hear me now?”
1 Samuel 3: 1-12
Many of us know of Samuel because of the 2 books of the O.T. that bares his name. We know Samuel to be used of God to anoint the 1st King God recognized. Samuel was a broken vessel mended by god, used to establish the kingdom of the house of Israel. But many of us are not aquatinted or know of the men & women of God, until after they have done great things. Seldom do we see them before they answer God’s call or while they are yet babes in Christ.
Here in the 1st Samuel we see one who has yet to answer the call of God to the ministry. We see him at a stage of development in his life. Before he has began a covenant relationship with the Lord. He has not even heard from God’s voice. Samuel teaches us that we hear from God when we have PROPER PRACTICE: He was already obeying what he knew(v1). PROPER POSITION: HE was Laying quiet and still and removed all distraction. Know that your position can determines your comprehension of God’s instructions. That’s why we must have the PROPER PROXIMITY : Samuel was living in the presence of god.
The bible tells us that, in these days of the O.T., THERE HAD BEEN NO VISION. Words from the Lord were rare for the times. God had not spoke or taught in some time for many years. But here Samuel is in the temple at Shiloh. How did he get there?
The Bible tells of a women name Hannah, who was barren, who pleaded unto God to conceive a male child. The man of God had ministered to her that in due season God will make everything all right. I thank God today for the Pastor who tells us that with Christ on our side, everything will be all right. Eli ministered to the mother of Samuel. She now conceived and begets a man-child. Hannah knew no one but God could allow such a thing to take place. When she had weaned the boy child she took brought him to Shiloh because she had promised child back to the lord. So now Samuel is in the temple at Shiloh. He is in the care of the man of God. With the help of the text we must learn to appreciate when we hear from God.
PRESENT THE TEXT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
V7 Samuel was not yet saved. But still God chose to speak to him. Because he had been chosen for the task.
V8. Eli began to realize that it was God who was calling the boy. I chose to believe that at that point
Eli realized that Samuel was anointed for greatness.
1) Making A Connection
Samuel has been learning and walking under the mentoring of Eli.
Samuel was confusing the voice of God with Eli. There is a connection between God and the Pastor. “And my sheep shall know my voice.” God spoke, but it sounded like his master. Because God speaks through the pastor. The pastor it’s the pastor’s voice, but its God speaking.
V9 Tell Samuel to go. And how to respond if he hears his name called again.
V10. When God chooses you. He won’t just speak, but because you are the appointed one. He’ll make an appearance in your life. “For the Lord CAME and STOOD.”
Samuel became a believer because he acknowledges that it was God and NOT ELI.
2) Getting Confirmation
v11 The Lord told Samuel what was to come to pass.
Eli had already realized Samuel was anointed for a purpose.
I remember telling friends and family when I first heard God’s call. I was disappointed with their respond. I was looking for them to be as over joyed as I was. But the passion just wasn’t there. I was trying to confirm something of God with the wrong folk. But when I Talked to the men of God in my life I t was confirmed what my appointed task would be. There is a call on someone’s life, but it will never develop until it’s confirmed with your pastor. Submit yourself to some one who has heard from the Lord already.
3) Count it all joy!
God is going to do somethings in Cedartown that will make folk marvel at the thought.
What God has for the people of Friendship and Cedartown, IT’S BIG!
What God tells the pastor, believe it shall come to pass. For God said his words shall not return void.
Keep sowing & reaping
Pray for the increase. Know that the Lord God will do what he says he will do.
V21 THAT THE LORD REVEALS HIMSELF BY THE WORD OF THE LORD.
So when the man of God is preaching its not him speaking…. But it God speaking through him. Pastor, continue to offer yourself as a living sacrifice unto the Lord. God in Deut 31:8 promised to go with those whom he has gave difficult tasks.