A Listening Faith

Steven Laman

READ : 1 Samuel 3:1-10

The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” (v. 10, niv)

I vividly remember when I first had a quiet time. It was on a high school retreat and we were expected to spend time alone with God. When I heard an hour was scheduled, I wondered how I would ever fill it up. However, instead of being bored, I had a wonderful time reading, praying, and listening. Today, my quiet time is my favorite part of the day.

The boy Samuel learned that God often speaks to his children when they are quiet before him. Sometime before dawn, asleep in the temple, Samuel heard a voice. He thought the elderly priest needed him so he rushed to Eli. Once Eli realized that God was trying to get the youngster’s attention, he told him to simply “listen.” Samuel remained a faithful listener to God’s directions throughout his life, and God used him mightily as a prophet, priest, and judge.

The Lord is still searching for faithful, listening people. It doesn’t matter if you are a child, a teenager, a young adult, middle aged, or a senior citizen – God desires to use those who listen to him. God will speak, if we will listen.


Lord, give us enough faith to quiet ourselves and listen to you.