Jan 302011

“Samuel was afraid to tell Eli the vision” (1 Samuel 3:15 ).
God never speaks to us in dramatic ways, but in ways that are easy to misunderstand. Then we say, “I wonder if that isGod’s voice?” Isaiah said that the Lord spoke to him “with a strong hand,” that is, by the pressure of his circumstances(Isaiah 8:11 ). Without the sovereign hand of God Himself, nothing touches our lives. Do we discern His hand at work,or do we see things as mere occurrences?
Get into the habit of saying, “Speak, Lord,” and life will become a romance (1 Samuel 3:9 ). Every time circumstancespress in on you, say, “Speak, Lord,” and make time to listen. Chastening is more than a means of discipline—it is meantto bring me to the point of saying, “Speak, Lord.” Think back to a time when God spoke to you. Do you rememberwhat He said? Was it Luke 11:13 , or was it 1 Thessalonians 5:23 ? As we listen, our ears become more sensitive, andlike Jesus, we will hear God all the time.
Should I tell my “Eli” what God has shown to me? This is where the dilemma of obedience hits us. We disobey Godby becoming amateur providences and thinking, “I must shield ‘Eli,’ ” who represents the best people we know. Goddid not tell Samuel to tell Eli—he had to decide that for himself. God’s message to you may hurt your “Eli,” but tryingto prevent suffering in another’s life will prove to be an obstruction between your soul and God. It is at your own riskthat you prevent someone’s right hand being cut off or right eye being plucked out (see Matthew 5:29–30 ).
Never ask another person’s advice about anything God makes you decide before Him. If you ask advice, you willalmost always side with Satan. “… I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood …” (Galatians 1:16 ).

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