There will come that moment(s) when one must act on what they have heard. There can be no excuses or reasons why there is no follow-through. With the call made, God is looking for the proper response. Are we there yet?
Samuel, young and inexperienced, but dedicated to God as a gift from his mother Hannah (1 Samuel 1:20-28), and dedicated in heart by what he already knew (1 Samuel 2:18, 26), did not yet know what it truly was to hear the voice of God (1 Samuel 3:7). After several attempts to gain his attention (1 Samuel 3:4-8), Eli instructed Samuel how to respond to the Lord when he hears his name called again (1 Samuel 3:9).
That moment was not long in coming when we read: “And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth” (1 Samuel 3:10).
I must ask, are we there yet? Are we at a place in our spiritual walk that when the Lord calls us to service, will we, or can we respond as Samuel did, saying, “Speak; for thy servant heareth”?
The word “hear” in the Bible is not merely to be done by the action of listening. But, to hear in the Bible is to be followed by the act of obeying. Jesus said, “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:” (Matthew 7:24).
Are we there yet? Are we ready to not only listen to God’s Word from all these modern resources available to us – but are we ready also for the follow-through that demands our attention to act on what we have just heard?
Jesus, Himself, let us know, “He that is of God heareth God’s words…” (John 8:47). And in another verse, James teaches us to “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22).
Churches may fill on Sundays, and many may gather around the religious programs and streaming services, but how much of what we hear are we applying to our lives? To our homes? To our growth? To our walk with the Savior?
“Speak; for thy servant heareth.” Whatever the words he would hear that day, Samuel was ready for the follow-through as well. He was not going to be a reservoir, merely holding the word in reserve. When he said, “Speak; for thy servant heareth” he was ready to act upon what he heard.
Are we there yet? Do not be that one in the crowd that claims they want to hear from God and then does not do what He speaks. Be that one, that when He speaks, our hearts, mind, and feet are ready to go into action.
Where will it lead? Who knows?
Can we receive everything we hear? It may be hard at times.
Are we prepared for the answers? We may not understand them all.
Will we know every avenue we are asked to walk down? Probably not, but walk, we must: “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
“Speak; for thy servant heareth.” Are we there yet?
Father God, we pray not only for ears that will hear Your word and hearts to understand, but we also pray for feet that will follow, in Jesus’ name, AMEN!
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