Today I was reminded of a story in 1 Samuel 3. The passage describes Samuel hearing his name and running into Eli’s room asking what he needed from him. After this happens a couple of times, Eli realizes that God is calling Samuel and Samuel needs to listen. After he is informed of this, the next time God calls his name, he tells God that he’s listening.
As you think about this story, I wonder how many of you are like me in the quest to determine God’s will. How many times do we get up and go where we think He’s called us? We’re chasing down a destination, or a plan, or someone to help us get where we should be.
We constantly cry out “Lord, send me.” But when was the last time you found peace in the chaos and said “Lord, speak to me”? See, it wasn’t the chasing and going places that brought Samuel to God. It was when Samuel stayed put and asked for God’s voice.
I challenge you today to find a moment where you can come to God and ask what He wants for you in this moment. Not for a sixth month plan, or a future spouse, or for the dream job, but to come with a servant heart willing to listen.
“The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10