Hearing God’s Voice?

Hearing God’s Voice?

Hearing God’s voice is a topic with much mystery surrounding it. Can I hear God’s voice audibly? When I think He is prompting me to do something, how can I be sure it is God? Samuel faced the challenge of hearing God’s voice when he was a small child, and once he realized whose voice he heard, his life was never the same.

1. God’s voice is often heard when we least expect it (1 Sam. 3:1–10).

Samuel was in the right place to hear God’s voice but had not yet met God (vv. 1–4).

Samuel was simply sleeping when God spoke (v. 3).

Samuel had help in recognizing God’s voice (vv. 5–9).

Samuel was willing to listen to God’s voice (v. 10).

Samuel’s experience with God emphasizes that God Is.

Why might God have spoken to Samuel in the quiet of the night? What daily noises around us can prevent us from hearing God’s voice?

2. God clears the way for His calling (1 Sam. 3:11–14).

God’s judgment of Eli and his family would stand (vv. 11–13).

Eli’s servant, Samuel, provided word of God’s judgment (v. 14).

Who disappointed God the most—Eli or Eli’s sons? Why? Who has the greater responsibility to follow God’s leading—parents or children? Why?

3. God may call us to a difficult task (1 Sam. 3:15–20; 12:1–50).

God used Samuel to deliver His judgment to Eli (vv. 15–18).

God established Samuel as His prophet over Israel (v. 19).

Samuel’s life is characterized by knowledge of God that few other people have experienced. From the time he was a boy, God called Samuel in a unique way. God’s Word, the Bible, is the way He has chosen to reveal Himself to us, for The Bible is God’s Word.

Samuel’s ministry was characterized by his integrity in following God’s call (vv. 1–5).

God can speak to anyone at anytime in any way He chooses, but today, He most clearly speaks through His Word. When people hear and obey God’s voice, they will be considered faithful stewards of His calling like Samuel.

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