In I Samuel 3:10 the Bible says “And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.” Then verse 11 goes on to say “And the Lord said to Samuel...”
Have you ever wondered whether God still talks to people? In my forty-five plus years of ministry I have never heard God speak to me in an audible voice. Because he never has does not mean that he can’t. God spoke to Samuel and others in the Bible in an unmistakable voice that was readily recognized.
Generally, there are four reasons God speaks. First, God desires to have fellowship with us. We are His most precious creation and He loves us unconditionally. Second, God knows that we need clear direction in a difficult world. Third, God realizes that we need comfort and assurance and fourth, God wants us to get to know Him.
But how do we know when God is speaking to us? Today, He uses four primary ways to share His heart with ours. God speaks through His Word, the foremost tool He uses to impart His truth. He speaks through the Holy Spirit, who witnesses to our spirits. He speaks to us through other believers who are walking in His Spirit. He speaks through circumstances He providentially arranges. It may be a still, small voice, but it resounds loudly because of whose voice it is.
Has God spoken to you in one or more of the ways mentioned above? We should be listening for God to speak and willingly obey what He is telling us. Let us say with Samuel, speak for your servant is listening.