What Did He Say
I knew a gentleman who was so soft-spoken that when he spoke in a small group of people his wife would often ask of the rest of us: What did he say? She seemed disappointed that she had not heard what he said. She genuinely wanted to know. Some wives are not like that. They were in their thirties and she had no problem hearing anyone else. They were happily married and had several children. A mate who wants to listen is a great blessing and a child of God who wants to hear from Him is blessed. Would to God that we all had a sincere desire to hear what He has to say, that we would regularly study the Bible and attend Biblical churches to hear His Word. It seems to me that those who skip church and do not study the Bible are saying Don*t speak to me LORD. Hearing from the Lord is an undeserved but wonderful privilege. Many think it is a chore or a burden or undesirable. Do we value hearing from the Lord and desire it?
John 10:27: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
1 Samuel 3:9: Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.
If we want to hear from the Lord, we should be His servants. He won*t speak to someone else*s servants like He will to His own. Why would God waste words on someone who is not His servant and would not obey Him anyway. Until Eli told Him, Samuel did not know it was the Lord speaking to Him. It is a wonderful thing to be able to hear from the Lord and know it is Him.
Hebrews 12:25: See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
Job 23:12: Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
Psalms 119:92: Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction. 97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.