God Does Not Pocket Dial People
Is God calling you?
Have you ever had someone pocket dial you? Your phone rings, you answer it, and there is no one there, or you hear the rustling sounds from the other end. You call out to the person "Hello? Hello?" thinking they are going to hear you from the abyss of their pocket or purse. You hang up, and some of us will even call the person back, to let them know they called, and to have them only reply, "Oh, sorry, I did not mean to."
God doesn't pocket dial people. When he calls it is intentional, but at times, we don't hear him, or don't want to hear him, or possibly can't realize it is Him calling us. We however at times will call out to God but then when he calls back often our response is "Oh, I wasn't calling you." We either don't like the answer or can not hear it.
Read this passage in the Bible
1 Samuel 3 2-10
2 One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.
6 Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 8 A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
I find this part so amusing, imagine, God is calling to this boy Samuel and he keeps running over to Eli and saying what?, What do you need? Then, again and again. You notice that Eli is the one who tells Samuel that God is calling him. I think in life, we all need an Eli, someone who can help us to discern God's voice. Also, Samuel had to respond, Speak, for your servant is listening. How often does god speak in your life, to only fall on deaf ears? Do you need to turn down the volume in your life, the noise so God can get through and you can hear him?
At times I will have my 3 year old grandbaby over and my two youngest ones will be playing with her. So my house is a flurry of 6, 5, and 3 year olds running all around, thinking of fun games to play and activities. Then, when it is time for dinner, I am calling to all of them, trying to get them to help set the table, wash their hands and get settled down. It is truly a sight. They zip in and out of the room, and are so busy they can not follow my simplest of directions. Finally, after calling a couple times, I will hold my hand up and say "Five, four, three, two, one..." and that is all it takes, they stop in their tracks and ears perk up and they listen. Amazing what I've learned from preschool teachers.
Here are some ways you can hear God better
Pray- It is such an important way to communicate with God, it is your best way to strengthen your relationship with him. God knows every thought you have, He knows your thoughts and prayers before you speak them, but as in any relationship, praying allows you to communicate and hear God communicate in return.
Read your Bible- There is so many ways God's word can speak to you. I find, when I am asking for a particular thing, I will read the Bible and different things will come from possibly the same passages I have read before. For an example, this entire message was from an area I had read before in Samuel, but because right now I am focusing on God's will, it called to me more than before.
Be in community with other Christians- Just as Samuel had Eli, you need others to help you. They can help to encourage you, and to give you strength as you walk with God. You have to be careful to know you are truly hearing God's voice and not something else. Even Jesus in passages said at times “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ”( Matthew 4:10)
Meditate- This is different than praying, in prayer you are in a conversation with God. Meditation, is clearing your mind, so you can hear God. Keep in mind, Samuel was not calling God, or even knowing him yet. God was calling him. How often do we miss God's voice, because we are so distracted in our lives. I truly believe this is Satan's way of keeping all of us so busy, years pass and we have not even thought about God. How often do you find yourself saying to someone "Can you believe it is fall already? Seems like it was just summer. Well, our lives can be the same. If you are not careful, life will pass you by, and God will still be standing there, calling to you with no answer on your end. Take time, to just listen, you will be amazed at what you hear.
“The word 'listen' contains the same letters as the word 'silent'.” -Alfred Brendel
May you find time to be at peace and simply be today.
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