1 Samuel 3:1-10 (NIV)

  1 The boy Samuel ministered1 before the LORD under Eli. In those days the word of the LORD was rare;2 there were not many visions.3 2 One night Eli, whose eyes4 were becoming so weak that he could barely see,5 was lying down in his usual place.3 The lamp6 of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the templea7 of the LORD, where the ark8 of God was. 4 Then the LORD called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.9” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down. 6 Again the LORD called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know10 the LORD: The word11 of the LORD had not yet been revealed12 to him. 8 The LORD called Samuel a third time, and Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!13” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

10 “Be still, and know that I am God;1 I will be exalted2 among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

DEVOTION -Carol Forehand (Kentucky)

My 10-yea-old grandson loves to talk, so he often hears this request from his Dad:  “Would you please be quiet for just five minutes?”  However, he didn’t fully understand why his dad needed a break from his constant chatter until he spent an afternoon with his five-year-old cousin, who also loves to talk.  My grandson discovered that concentrating  on his video game was difficult to do while his little cousin stood beside hi, chattering constantly.  He finally put down his game, came over to me and said, “Grandma, now I know why Dad asks me to be quiet for a little while.”

I realized that I too am guilty of being overly talkative when I commune with God.  Although I’m generally a quiet person, during my prayers I dominate the conversation, giving God lists of request and praises.  Even while reading my Bible, my thoughts are not always focused on “listening to what I’m reading.  This makes it difficult for me to comprehend the messages that the Holy Spirit has for me.

God gives us this command in Mark 9:7:  “This is my Son, whom I love.  Listen to him!”  Therefore, with renewed desire to receive what our Lord has to hear, we can say with Samuel, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Sometimes God’s wisdom comes in moments of quiet solitude.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, forgive us when we do all the talking.  As we pray, help us to pause and listen to you.  Amen.