Hearing God’s Voice
One thing the Bible makes abundantly clear, is that God
speaks to His people. The Lord spoke to Moses face to
face (Ex 33:11). The Lord spoke to Noah, Samuel,
Joshua, Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, and to Jesus, along
with many others in the Bible.
Often the Bible does not tell us how God spoke to these
men, only that He spoke. One thing however is
abundantly clear, when God spoke everyone of them
heard His voice, understood exactly what He was saying
to them, and what He wanted them to do.
Just as in times past, God is speaking to His people
today. Are you hearing His voice? Are you listening?
How Does God Speak?
God speaks through nature as to His existence, through
angels, His written word, through prayer and worship,
through dreams and visions, through prophets, lot
casting, signs and wonders, Preachers, the Holy Spirit,
through experience and circumstances. Sometimes He
speaks through chastisement, once through a donkey,
and most importantly through His only begotten Son,
Does God speak today as in times past? Absolutely! The
question therefore is not is God speaking, rather are you
listening and are you hearing His voice?
God Speaks to Samuel
1 Samuel 3:1-5
“Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli.
And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there
was no widespread revelation. And it came to pass at
that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when
his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see,
and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of
the Lord where the ark of God was, and while Samuel
was lying down, that the Lord called Samuel. And he
answered, “Here I am!” So he ran to Eli and said,
“Here I am, for you called me.”
The prophet Samuel had been dedicated to the Lord by
his mother, and had been taken to the High Priest Eli to
be raised as a priest. Scripture describes him as “A boy
who ministered to the Lord before Eli.”
From an early age Samuel was set apart by his mother
and Eli the priest to “Minister to the Lord.” It was a time
in the history of Israel when the “word of the Lord,” was
rare, there was “no widespread revelation,” and the lamp
of God was about to be go out in the tabernacle. It was a
time when everyman did what was right in his own eyes.
Samuel was to grow up in a time when there was a
famine in the land. Not a famine of food, but a famine of
the word of God, and revelation of the presence of God in
the land of Israel.
Yet, in the midst of a famine of the revelation and the
word of the Lord, God called out to young Samuel.
Samuel replied, “Here I am,” and he ran to Eli the
priest saying, “Here I am, you called me.”
And Eli said, “I did not call; lie down again.” And he went
and lay down. Then the Lord called yet again, “Samuel!”
So Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am,
for you called me.” He answered, “I did not call, my
son; lie down again.”
And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. So he
arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you did
Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy.
Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall
be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, Lord, for
Your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in
Scripture reveals that the youth Samuel did not yet know
the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord yet revealed to
him. What does this reveal about Samuel?
He had been taught the priestly duties, and had been
performing them daily, but it was just something he was
trained to do as a child, and he did it in obedience to Eli,
not in obedience to the Lord; for Samuel did not yet
know the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord revealed to
How Many People Go To Church Expecting to Encounter God?
How many people go to church every Sunday really
expecting to have revelation from the word of the Lord?
How many people go to church truly expecting to
How many people truly know the Lord, and have
experienced the Lord? Most know about Him and have
knowledge about Him, but how many have truly
experienced God? There is a vast difference between
knowing about God, and knowing Him personally, and
having heard His voice.
Are you like Samuel, if the Lord called you, would you
recognize His voice?
Hearing God’s voice always has eternal consequences,
because when God chooses to speak to a person he
cannot remain unchanged. When God speaks everything
in your life changes, nothing will ever be the same again.
Have your heard God’s voice calling you? How have you
responded? In obedience, or has it brought you to a crisis
When God speaks to you, what you do next
reveals what you believe about God, not what
Today, If You Hear His Voice!
Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear
His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
In the day of trial in the wilderness,Where your fathers
tested Me, tried Me, and saw My works forty years.”
Now the Lord came and stood and called as at
other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant
God Judges the House of Eli
Then the Lord said to Samuel: “Behold, I will do
something in Israel at which both ears of everyone who
hears it will tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli
all that I have spoken concerning his house, from
beginning to end. For I have told him that I will judge his
house forever for the iniquity which he knows, because
his sons made themselves vile, and he did not restrain
them. And therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli that
the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be atoned for by
sacrifice or offering forever.”
1 Samuel 3:11-14
Can you imagine what was going on in young Samuel’s
mind when he heard the Lord speak that He had judged
the house of Eli because his son’s committed iniquity
against the Lord, and Eli did not admonish them, remove
them from the office of priests, let the iniquity remain, so
the enemies of God had opportunity to blaspheme the
name of the Lord.
Samuel knew that there would be no atonement for Eli or
his sons by sacrifice or offering forever. The house of Eli
would vanish, and have no living posterity in the land of
Do you think this revelation from God radically affected
Samuel’s life, and particularly his prayer life and his
relationship with the Lord?
Samuel Established By God as a Prophet of the
“So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let
none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from
Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel had been
established as a prophet of the Lord. Then the Lord
appeared again in Shiloh. For the Lord revealed Himself
to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.”
1 Samuel 3:19-21
God raised up Samuel to be one of the greatest prophets,
and He let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground.
Samuel did not have to travel around the land telling
everyone he was the anointed prophet of the Lord,
because the Holy Spirit of God revealed to all Israel, from
Dan to Beersheba that Samuel had been established as a
prophet of the Lord.
It is always God who raises a person up, anoints him with
the Holy Spirit for a specific mission and purpose. It is all
God ordained, God breathed, and God centered. Never is
it man centered!
When God Speaks, He Always Has Eternity in Mind.
When God speaks He always has eternity in mind. That is
why it is so important for each of us to hear the voice of
the Lord. When He speaks to you, it will always have
eternal consequences for you, as well as for those He
sends you to.
Today, we live in a time that Jesus prophesied would
come. When evil would be called good, and good called
evil. It is a time just as in the days of Noah when all the
thoughts of man were evil.
So what are we called to do for a time such as this?
Watch and pray, and listen for God’s voice.
Remember, He is the way, the truth, and the life.
Seek His face, listen for His voice, and He will take you in
the way of everlasting life, where your life will have
eternal significance and purpose.
Remember, Obedience to God’s Voice Always Brings
“In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be
blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
~ Barry Battelstein