Posted on: June 2nd, 2024 by St. Stephens Downsview

As I reflect on this morning’s scripture, I am reminded of the profoundness and significance of hearing the voice of God. By God’s grace, today we shall delve into understanding how we can hear from God, both individually and as a church.

The Biblical Call to Hear

We begin by looking at Samuel’s story in 1 Samuel 3:1-10. The boy Samuel ministered to the Lord under Eli and had not yet known the Lord personally. However, he was dedicated to God and open to hearing His voice. This is a powerful reminder that God speaks to us, and often we need to be in a state of readiness to hear Him. At that time, Eli’s eyesight had grown dim, and visions were not widespread – emphasizing that hearing from God is not a trivial matter but a rare and precious gift.

The Importance of Spiritual Hearing

In Matthew 11:15 and Revelation 2:29, the Bible states, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” This call to listen is not about physical hearing but developing a spiritual listening ear. It’s about being receptive and tuning into what the Spirit is conveying to us. Many times, we hear but do not retain or act upon what we are told. This indicates the need for a deep, spiritual connection to discern God’s direction for our lives.

Listening as a Devotion

Samuel’s story highlights his dedication from a young age. Unlike Eli’s sons, Hophni and Phinehas, who misbehaved in the temple, Samuel served with a pure heart. This distinction demonstrates the importance of dedicating oneself wholly to God, no matter one’s age. Listening to God requires a heart that seeks to please Him above all else, as Samuel did.

Practical Steps to Hear God

Hearing from God is crucial for our spiritual growth and gives us direction in life:

  1. Spiritual Awareness: Just as Samuel was alert in the spirit, we too must be spiritually aware and attuned to God’s voice.
  2. Obedience: Obedience to God’s voice brings progress and blessings. Samuel’s life exemplifies this truth, as he grew to be a great leader and prophet by heeding God’s call.
  3. Youthful Devotion: Ecclesiastes 12:1 encourages us to remember our Creator in the days of our youth. Samuel’s youth was dedicated to serving God, a call that is relevant for all of us, regardless of age.

Transforming Faith through Hearing

When we begin to hear from God, our faith rises, and our perspectives shift from a worldly to a godly viewpoint. We no longer see challenges as the end, but as opportunities to witness God’s hand. This transformation allows us to serve God effectively and align ourselves with His plans.

Overcoming Spiritual Deafness

A major challenge among Christians today is the inability to discern God’s voice. Many run to prophets for guidance, only to be misled by false teachings. We must strive to develop a personal relationship with God, where we can hear Him directly. This personal encounter ensures we can discern between the voice of God and the voice of the enemy.

Conclusion: Embracing God’s Voice

As we conclude, I urge each of us to pray for the ability to hear God’s voice clearly. Whether through the small still voice, or through scriptures, let’s be attentive and responsive. Let this week be a time where God speaks to us and provides us with direction.

Let us pray:

Thank you, God, for the word You have sent to us this morning. We want to hear from You as a church and as individuals. Father, speak to us and give us direction. In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Through hearing God’s voice, we find purpose, direction, and spiritual growth. Let us tune our hearts and minds to listen to Him, continually striving to walk in His ways.