Listening

What are we listening to?
 
One hot sunny day I was walking through the hustle and bustle of Birmingham with a friend from Wales.  There were lots of people rushing around all doing their own thing.  It was one of those days when it is so busy you can’t even hear yourself think.  So to my surprise my friend turned to me and said, “I can hear a cricket”.  “It is rush hour” I said, “the city is full of noise, especially mobile phones; there is no way that you can hear a cricket”. He turned to me and smiled, walked over to this pile of leaves and picked out a cricket.  Turning to me he said, “it all depends on what your ears are tuned to hear, let me show you”.  Reaching down into his pocket he pulled out a few pence and dropped it on the pavement, and immediately every head in Birmingham town centre turned to look.  “See what I mean?” he said, “it all depends what you’re listening for”.
 
What are we tuned into, what are our ears listening to?
 
“The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was. Then the LORD called Samuel, and he said, "Here I am!" and ran to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But he said, "I did not call; lie down again." So he went and lay down. And the LORD called again, "Samuel!" and Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." But he said, "I did not call, my son; lie down again." Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, "Here I am, for you called me." Then Eli perceived that the LORD was calling the young man. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, 'Speak, LORD, for your servant hears.'" So Samuel went and lay down in his place. And the LORD came and stood, calling as at other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" And Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant hears."
 
(1Samuel 3 v 3 – 10)
 
The first three times God spoke to Samuel, he thought it was Eli, the High priest calling him.  But the fourth time he said “speak, thy servant heareth” and his life was changed forever.
 
What are our ears tuned into?  What are we listening out for?
 
How can we listen to God? 
 
How can our lives be changed forever?
 
I suppose we can echo the words of 1 Sam Ch 3v1. 
 
“in those days the word of the Lord was rare, there were not many visions.”
 
There are no visions now are there, but the word of the Lord has never been spoken louder.  We not only have the Bible, the word of God, but we also have such obvious signs of the Bible being fulfilled all around us.  We can see Gods hand working, bringing about His plan and purpose with this world.
 
So how can we listen to God?  It has to be by reading the word of God regularly.
 
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
 
(Psalm 119 v 105)

Daily Readings

Today: 23 January 2018