I am Jeremiah Johnson and we are on God Today. Today I would like to talk about hearing the voice of God. One of my favorite stories is in 1 Samuel 3. When God begins calling to the young boy, Samuel. Samuel is a little bit confused because he is not familiar with the voice of God. He thinks it is the high priest who he was serving, Eli. God calls to Samuel three different times. Samuel goes and thinks it is Eli. Eli, he recognizes that God Himself is trying to talk to Samuel. Samuel finally hears the voice of God again. He is instructed by Eli to say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”
Hearing the voice of God, it is a question I get most often. “Jeremiah, how do I hear the voice of God? What does the voice of God sound like?” Maybe the greatest piece of advice that I could give you today, watching this, about how to hear the voice of God is the Hebrew meaning of “listen”. When Eli told Samuel to say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening, that Hebrew word “to listen”, it means to listen with the intent of obeying. There are a lot of people that are wanting God to speak to them, but they are not willing to obey the voice that speaks to them. If you are here today, you are watching, you are wanting to know, “What is God’s will for my life? What is the future? How do I connect with God and hear His voice?” I want to encourage you to posture your heart, to get ready to say, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.” Do it with a heart to obey the Lord.
I would like to spend just a few seconds praying with you, praying for you, that God would give you grace to hear His voice and obey. Let’s pray now. Father, thank you for those watching today that are desiring to hear your voice. Maybe some that are watching, they thought they heard you in the past; they missed you. God, I am asking right now that you would give them grace to posture their hearts, to listen, to obey your voice. Whatever you have for them, Lord, we believe it is good plans. Plans to prosper them and give them hope and a future. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.