I’m Jeremiah Johnson and we’re on God Today. Today I’d like to talk about hearing the voice of God. One of my favorite stories is in 1 Samuel chapter three, when God begins calling to the young boy, Samuel. Samuel is a little bit confused because he’s not familiar with the voice of God. And he thinks it’s the high priest whom he was serving, Eli. God calls Samuel three different times. And Samuel goes and thinks it’s Eli, and Eli recognizes that God Himself is trying to talk to Samuel. Samuel finally hears the voice of God again. And he’s instructed by Eli to say, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.”
You know, hearing the voice of God – it’s a question that I get most often, “Jeremiah, how do I hear the voice of God? What does the voice of God sound like?” And 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 means to listen with the intent of obeying.
There are a lot of people that are wanting God to speak to them, but they’re not willing to obey the voice that speaks to them. And if you’re here today, you’re watching, you’re wanting to know, “What is God’s will for my life? What’s 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,” and do it with a heart to obey the Lord.
I’d 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. So let’s pray now. Father, thank You for those watching today that are desiring to hear Your voice. Maybe some that are watching thought they heard You in the past and they missed You. God, I’m asking right now that You would give them grace to posture their hearts, to listen, to obey Your voice, whatever that You have for them. Lord, we believe that it’s good plans, plans to prosper them and give them hope and a future, in the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.